Sam left out due to ‘respect’ for Rams

Sam Tomkins

Sam Tomkins

Sam Tomkins’ won’t be rushed into action this weekend out of respect for Dewsbury, according to Shaun Wane.

The Rams are struggling in ninth place in the Championship, having lost their last four games in the competition.

But the sudden death nature of the Cup means Wane won’t take any chances with his line-up.

“It’s more respect to Dewsbury. I will be turning my strongest team out,” he said. “For example, if Lockers is fit he will play this week.”

Tomkins is back in full training having recovered from the knee surgery he had in November, but according to Wane needed ‘two to three weeks’ full training before making his second debut for Wigan.

And Wane has warned fans won’t see the best of the former Man of Steel for a couple of months given the time he has sat out on the sidelines.

“He won’t be winning the man-of-the-match, he won’t be scoring three tries but he will be competitive and that’s all I want from Sam,” said Wane.

“He’ll be wanting things to happen but I’m going to tell you now he isn’t going to kill it from game one because he’s been out for so long.”

Tomkins is expected to make his return in next Friday’s Super League clash with Hull FC.

Wane will get some relief this Sunday though with Dom Manfredi expected to make his first appearance since the loss to Warrington on April 1.

Dom Crosby and Sean O’Loughlin are also in the running to make returns.

But Lee Mossop, Ben Flower and Taulima Tautai remain doubts as injuries still bite into Wane’s options in the forwards.

And not wanting to become the victim of a Cup shock, Wane is refusing to take chances with his selections.

“Dewsbury are a good team. They are very good at home,” warned the boss who coached his side to a 58-6 Cup win over the Rams in 2014.

“They’ve had a few poor results the last few weeks but they’ve not been far off.

“It was tough last time we played there for 60 minutes and they fell away at the back end but they might not do that this time.”