TALKING SPORT - Five points from seven matches seems unfair

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WIGAN’S 2-2 draw with Everton at the weekend stopped the rot after three successive defeats.

But it still means that Latics’ winless run extends to five matches.

Anyone who has seen the side play over the last few games will know they could and should have won a couple of those matches.

Just like last season, though, Latics are struggling to convert good performances into points on the board.

Five points from seven matches isn’t the return they wanted or deserved.

WE’VE all grown used to seeing Latics in the Premier League and everything that comes with it. The profile, Match of the Day and the rest.

But I got a reminder of how far they’ve come yesterday, as my colleague Paul Kendrick wrote about the number of miles Latics’ brigade of internationals will fly this week.

No wonder he needed a calculator to keep tabs on them – in the next few days Wigan will be represented from Panama to Chile, Honduras to Qatar, Belgium to the Faroe Islands.

It seems a world away from a few years ago, when Pat McGibbon’s absence from training seemed like the only sign of an international break!

BEFORE flying out to South Africa with the England RL squad, Sam Tomkins launched a special Heinz Big Soup can to raise money for Joining Jack.

Several national journalists turned up, but some didn’t seem in a hurry to ask him about South Africa, England RL or – for that matter – the soup tin or Joining Jack.

Instead, the usual questions about whether he’d like to play rugby union were asked.

Tomkins answered them as he has for the past two years – that he’s happy at Wigan, but in the future he may seek a new challenge.

I think many Wigan fans are resigned to losing him to the NRL in a few years’ time. Why he’d want to switch codes remains a mystery to me.

Yes, the profile of the internationals must be a draw.

But what about week-to-week? I’m sure Sam will is keeping tabs on his brother Joel’s club Saracens, who have scored 90 points in their last five matches – and only two tries during that run.

Two tries! The last of which was scored in front of just 4,685 fans last weekend.

ENJOY the Grand Final?

Leeds’ win from fifth position for the second year running has raised questions about whether the system needs an overhaul.

Funny, wasn’t long ago people were saying it would never be won from outside the top-three.

My stance hasn’t changed. A top-eight is ridiculously too generous for a 14-team competition, and the sooner they revert back to a five team play-offs the better.

Super League needs a Grand Final, but the mechanisms leading up to must be right. That’s not to say, of course, that Leeds still wouldn’t have mounted a Grand Final claim. Much as I don’t like them, it’s hard not to applaud a great effort.

STEVE McNamara has admitted Sam Tomkins and Sean O’Loughlin are on a shortlist to captain the national team. Wigan haven’t had an England (or GB) skipper since Andy Farrell’s exit in 2004 – though Wigan-born Martin Gleeson had the honour for one Test before moving from Warrington to Warriors.