SAM Tomkins admits a burning desire for revenge was the inspiration for Warriors strengthening their lead at the top of Super League.
Wigan head into Sunday’s Magic showdown with arch-rivals St Helens a point clear at the top after the 32-12 demolition job at Huddersfield last weekend.
The margin of victory should have been even greater, but for the visitors converting only two of their seven touchdowns.
But a strong message was nevertheless sent out to the rest – one that Tomkins revealed was built on their home defeat to the Giants on the opening day of the campaign.
“We really felt like we owed them one after the opening day of the season,” he told the Evening Post.
“We didn’t play anywhere near our best and we probably still should have won the game.
“It wasn’t nice seeing Huddersfield getting one over us, so to go to their place and turn them over in the manner we did made up for the loss.
“Given the conditions, I thought that was as good as we could have played, as much as we could have asked for. We certainly played a lot better than them, they spilled a lot more ball and we kept our concentration right to the end.”
Tomkins popped up with his regulation try, as well as the two successful conversions after taking the kicking tee from a misfiring Josh Charnley.
The pair will have a kicking competition at training this week to see who’ll have the duties against St Helens at the Etihad.
“Josh missed a few so I had to take the ball off him, and I got two from three which wasn’t too bad,” he added.
“Josh was getting plenty of stick in the dressing room at the end, but it’s something we do need to work on because with Paddy (Richards) out it’s vital we turn four points into six.”
Charnley partially atoned for his off-night with the boot by crossing for two more tries that extended his lead at the top of the Super League tryscorers chart.
And despite moving another try clear of Tomkins in the standings, the jet-heeled winger admits personal accomplishments come a distant second to the team achieving its goals.
“I don’t really think about that too much to be honest,” Charnley admitted.
“Obviously I’ll have a look from time to time but the main thing is to keep focusing on my game, keep my head down and hopefully keep scoring the tries.
“It’s a team game and it doesn’t really matter who finishes them off as long as someone does.
“It’s obviously a nice achievement to have at the end of the year, but I’m just enjoying my rugby at the moment.”