Tomkins ready to re-write history

Sam Tomkins
Sam Tomkins

SAM Tomkins will re-write the Wigan Warriors history books if he scores a try on Sunday at Wakefield.

The full-back has scored 25 times in the last 11 games and club records show that another at the weekend will mean he has scored in more consecutive matches than any former player.

No Wigan player has ever scored in a dozen games on the bounce and Tomkins lies on 11 alongside Central Park favourites Steve Ella and Martin Offiah.

Both of those scored 16 tries in that period but Tomkins’ tally is already nine ahead of that.

Head coach Shaun Wane poured praise on his star player and the way he hasn’t let speculation about his future detract him from being on top of his game.

“I wasn’t aware of (the record) but he will be,” he said.

H”is form has been fantastic and there have been lots of reports in the papers about him.

For him not to be distracted and play as well as he has is outsntanding. His form has been superb.

“Steve Ella was a talented player, Sam’s a bit different of a different sort of player to what ‘Zip’ was.

“They’re both really taelented. It’s a great record to score in 11 consecutive games - I didn’t score 11 in my career!”

Despite Tomkins’ plaudits though, Wane still believes there is room for improvement.

The Warriors head coach reckons his attitude and commitment is what helps keep him at the top of his game.

Tomkins kept up his scoring at last week’s Magic Weekend fixture agains tLeeds.

“He wasn’t at his best attack at the weekend but he showed that commitment and desire to win that game,” added Wane.

“On that last set we had, when we had to waste a bit of time, he took three carries in and that’s your best player, it just shows how much winning that game meant to him.

“There are still things in his game he needs to improve on, on how he attacks.

“We work and look at video after every training system on certain technical areas where he can get better.

“What I love about him is that he’s a winner. He wants to win, he competes for everything. That’s more important to me than anything else.

“I like mentally tough players and that comes before skill.

“I can put the skill on the end but I want them mentally tough as competitors and that’s what he is.”

Tomkins has been tipped to leave Wigan at the end of the season with the NRL looking the likely destination.

As much as it hasn’t affected his current from though, it hasn’t bothered his coach.

“I don’t worry about that,” insisted Wane. “I just want to make him better and then as far as I’m concerned, he’s our player and all these comments about him leaving doesn’t bother me.

“I just carry on with my job and whatever happens happens.”