Brothers in arms

Wigan's Logan Tomkins
Wigan's Logan Tomkins

THE heavyweight battle at Headingley tonight will be a family affair with Connor Farrell and Logan Tomkins both in the Warriors team.

Shaun Wane last night confirmed the academy-graduates will line up alongside respective brothers Liam and Joel in a mouth-watering showdown in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Leeds at Leeds is as tough as you can get, the crowd put pressure on the referee, and we need to combat that

Shaun Wane

And Wane has put a huge emphasis on making sure they maintain their concentration for the full game if they are to claim their first away win of the year. “We’re both energetic, so it should be a full-on game,” said Wane.

“Leeds at Leeds is as tough as you can get, the crowd put pressure on the referee, and we need to combat that.

“Leeds have some outstanding individuals, and that’s why you really need to be on the boil when you play against them.

“I’ve watched all of their games this year, and there have been times when there’s been nothing on and then – bang – someone didn’t concentrate, and they score. That’s what they can do to you.”

Wigan beat Hull FC 13-12 in their last outing and Wane believes they will need to be more clinical if they are to claim the two points tonight.

He said: “We’re intent on putting in a good performance.

“We won last week but it was one win – and it wasn’t convincing – so we’ve definitely not taken our foot off the gas.

“We need to take our chances. The positive is we have been creating chances – the negative is we’ve not been finishing them.”

Farrell, 21, has earned a place after Dom Crosby failed to recover from a leg injury in time, and takes the place of Ryan Sutton (concussion).

Tomkins has not figured for Wigan this month but – with Sam Powell sidelined, and George Williams reinstated to stand-off – has a chance to nail down a bench-hooker spot.

“It’s a great chance for Logan to prove himself,” said Wane. “I’m comfortable putting him in because he trains the house down and is really fit, so he will come in and do a good job.

“Logan’s a great pro, and when he’s been left out, he doesn’t spit the dummy or anything like that. He understands the reasons why and works ever harder, and that’s what you want.

“It’s a good chance for him to put a marker down now.”