FROM the Leicester Square red carpet to Wembley Stadium, Sam Tomkins has grown used to being under the spotlights in London.
He was down in the capital earlier this summer to interview Russell Crowe at the premier of Superman and, today, he is expected by many to take star billing in the Challenge Cup Final.
His pending, but unconfirmed move to the New Zealand Warriors, means this will be his last venture in the old competition for a while. And NRL fans will be taking a keen eye on the match, to – bluntly put – see what all the fuss is about with the reigning Man of Steel. He is making no promises.
“We’re lucky at Wigan, you do play some games when you score three tries and get your name in the paper,” he said, on the eve of today’s showdown with Hull FC.
“Its nice, but you don’t get satisfaction from that. A solid performance in a big game.. that’s when you’ve earned your stripes.”
Tomkins is around 3/1 to win the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match. By his own admission, those slender odds are crazy.
“These big games are so different,” he said. “You can go into them and people want you to do what you did against London. It doesn’t happen like that.
“It’s about doing your job, and yeah, when the chance comes, you have to take it. But you can’t go into it thinking, I’ve got to do this or that. That try (brother) Joel scored in 2011, that was an amazing effort, but he didn’t practice that in the week. He didn’t think, ‘I’m going to score a 90 metre try at Wembley.
“Its about doing your job, being disciplined, not letting your team-mate down.”
For the full interview with Tomkins, see today’s special eight-page preview in the Wigan Evening Post