Sam’s on a mission

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SAM Tomkins is ready to inspire England to one more win after helping his country to the Four Nations final.

And the Warriors star can not play down just how big a tournament win will be.

Tomkins was at his majestic best in Hull on Saturday. Every time he received the ball, something happened.

That includes being on the receiving end of a shocking high tackle from New Zealand’s Ben Matulino then a forearm smash from Jeremy Smith!

But he bounced back up and rounded off England’s win with a try under the posts.

“That’s OK, as you get penalties and stuff for that,” said Tomkins, who was personally congratulated for his display by New Zealand skipper Benji Marshall.

“We’re getting better week on week and we have a good mix of experience and enthusiasm. Hopefully that will come through.

“It would be massive to win it. We want to win trophies and hopefully we can do it on Saturday.”

All New Zealand had to show was Jason Nightingale’s effort and Marshall’s conversion on a night where Steve McNamara’s men graduated with honours.

It was a special night for Castleford’s Rangi Chase against his native country, but afterwards he was saluting Tomkins’ super show.

“He’s a freak,” he said.

“He’s tough too. He’s probably one of the smallest on the field but that’s what special players do, they get up no matter how many times they get knocked down.

“And he does, he’s only little but he’s strong.

“I’ve been given a big opportunity to play for England and play with some freakish players, like Sam.

“You feel so lucky to be part of a squad like this.”