Tomkins targets Catalan ‘generals’

Wigan's Sam Tomkins celebrates
Wigan's Sam Tomkins celebrates
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SAM Tomkins has targeted Catalan’s ‘triple threat’ as the biggest danger to Wigan this weekend.

Catalan arrive at the DW on Sunday boasting the Super League’s only 100 per cent record, having won all three of their matches.

The latest came at St Helens last Friday, when Darryl Millard’s converted try after the hooter sealed a 34-32 victory.

But Tomkins acknowledges that – rather than good fortune – they had their three midfield generals to thank for their dramatic victory.

“They’ve always relied on a big pack, but now they’ve got some really clever halves in Thomas Bosc, Scott Dureau and Leon Pryce, and they like to mix it up as much as possible,” Tomkins said.

“When you’ve got three playmakers like that you’re always going to produce some consistent rugby, and we’ll have to be on our guard to keep them quiet.”

That said, having won their last three matches by a combined score of 120-26, Wigan will be far from underdogs heading in.

“With the pack we’ve got, we don’t need to be fearing anyone at all,” Tomkins recognised.

“In the last few weeks they’ve been outstanding, but then again it’s been like that from 1-17.

“We’ve got such good competition for places here – and people like Paul Prescott and Stuart Fielden are still to come back from injury – which allows us to put a quality team out week in, week out.”

Their latest victory – 46-4 at Castleford last weekend – was inspired by Tomkins, who bagged a hat-trick of tries on his 100th appearance for the Warriors.

But the England ace was anxious to deflect the praise on what was a difficult afternoon for both sets of players.

“Castleford is always a very tough place to come, and there was obviously a lot of emotion attached to the game with what had happened in the lead-up,” he added.

“We just came to be as professional as we could – as terrible as it has been for Ian Millward, and all our thoughts remain with him and his family – and we just wanted the two points.

“I thought the boys were outstanding across the board.

“If you look at some of the forwards who did long minutes, like Jeff Lima and Lee Mossop, it was superb – and I think Gaz Hock ended up in the centres at one point in the second half.

“That’s the sort of team we’ve got here. We’ll cover each other’s backs if someone is down, and it was all about the team.”

Tomkins also denied his sparkling show was in any way fuelled by a desire to shine against Rangi Chase – last year’s controversial winner of the ‘Man of Steel’ award.

“No, not at all,” he insisted.

“I became good mates with Rangi from being in the England squad, and he’s a good bloke.

“We’ve had a bit of a joke about what happened, but that’s never been on my mind – all I wanted to do was win the game.”