I don’t think Saints can be caught, says Tomkins

Sam Tomkins is set to face Warrington on Friday
Sam Tomkins is set to face Warrington on Friday

Sam Tomkins concedes it is unlikely Super League pacesetters St Helens will be dislodged from their No.1 perch in the table.

Saints have a six-point margin over second-placed Wigan.

They will face each other twice over the remaining 11 rounds – in the regular season and the Super-8s – ahead of the semi-finals to contest places in the Grand Final.

And Tomkins said: “Saints are obviously a target, and we’re going to do everything we can, but they look really consistent.”

Asked whether they can be caught, he admitted: “No, I don’t think so.

“There’s a chance but the way they’re going, they could have it stitched up.

“To be honest it’d be nice to win (the League Leaders’ Shield) but it’s much more important to go into the semi-finals in good shape –and we just need to keep getting better and better.”

Wigan host Warrington, one place and two points behind, at the DW Stadium this Friday.

Meanwhile, Romain Navarrete will miss Friday’s match after being handed a one match penalty notice for Grade B dangerous contact for the tackle which saw him sin-binned in the 46-8 win against Leeds.

Minutes after the game, Shaun Wane said he felt the French forward would escape without any ban. “It was awkward more than anything else. There was no intent there,” he said.