Tomkins proud after England win

England's Sam Tomkins scores against the Exiles
England's Sam Tomkins scores against the Exiles

SAM Tomkins was a proud man after leading England to victory against the Exiles.

He scored a try and was named man of the match in a 30-10 victory in which he was captain of the team for the second-half.

The honour was bestowed on the Man of Steel when skipper Kevin Sinfield was sidelined at the interval by a thumb injury.

Tomkins said: “Steve Mac told me in the week he wanted me to be vice-captain, and it was a massive honour for me.

“The only thing is we didn’t do too well in the second half. But I’ll be claiming my record as a win.”

England led 24-0 at the break but faded, allowing the Exiles to cross twice before grabbing a late score.

Tomkins added: “Losing Kev was going to make a difference in the second half, and we have to give them credit.

“They troubled us a bit but we came through.

“The mood is happy. There’s no talk of not playing great im the second half, we don’t play too many games together, so we need to enjoy that.”

Prop Lee Mossop – one of six Wigan players involved in last night’s game – added: “Make no mistake, we beat a good side 30-10, so we’re very satisfied.”