Tomkins tipped for top

Teenage half-back Sam Tomkins has been tipped to play at least 10 Super League games next season.

The youngster is being backed to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Joel and make a big impact on Super League in 2009.

Joel crashed over for four tries as Hull were thrashed 66-6 on Friday.

Not to be outdone, his kid brother Sam matched his effort the day after when he also swooped for four touchdowns against Hull in the reserves.

Now assistant coach Shaun Wane believes that Sam is on the cusp of joining his elder brother in the big time.

The former Great Britain prop has helped nurture both players through the junior ranks at Wigan.

He said: "Ask any of the fans who watch the reserves and they will tell you what a fantastic talent young Sam is.

"He does a lot of the little things right, puts in that extra metre in the chase, keeps going when he's blowing and under pressure.

"The kid's got a great future ahead of him."

First-team fans have already been treated to a glimpse of Tomkins' ability to seek out the whitewash.

The 19-year-old former Wigan St Pat's amateur made his senior debut against Whitehaven in a fifth-round Challenge Cup tie in May and swooped for five tries as the Cumbrians were crushed

106-8. Wane added: "Sam certainly knows the way to the try line, but he's not a selfish player. He's creative and supportive as well.

Click next page for more ..."I appreciate that he's not quite the finished article because he's still young and has a lot to learn.

"But he can't be far off forcing his way into the first team and I will be surprised if he doesn't play 10 Super League games next season."

And there is another Tomkins coming through the ranks. Sixteen-year-old Logan is a hooker in John Pendlebury's Academy side.

Meanwhile, Joel Tomkins is looking forward to continuing his loose foward role in Perpignan against Catalans Dragons on Saturday night in the absence of the suspended Gareth Hock and injured Sean O'Loughlin.

He paid tribute to Wigan half-backs Trent Barrett and Thomas Leuluai who created so many of the opportunities for him against Hull.

Tomkins said: "It was a big effort from our outside backs to get us out of our own half so often and that laid the platform."

The versatile forward has played in a number of positions this season,

but filled his boots at lock last weekend.

He added: "I don't mind playing loose forward or in the back row.

"But at loose forward you get a bit more of a roaming role, so I get to run on either side of the field and work with Tommy and Baz and that's good. It's just great to be involved."