SHAUN Wane hailed Sam Tomkins as ‘a great kid’ after the full-back celebrated his 100th Wigan Warriors appearance by taming the Tigers at Castleford.
Tomkins scored three tries and helped set up four more as Wigan kept up the pressure at the top of the Super League with a third win on the bounce.
“We made a big thing of Sam’s 100th appearance,” Wane revealed.
“We had a presentation and gave him a special jersey for him to keep.
“It was a great day for him and I made a big thing of that.
“He’s a local kid and I made sure all the players were aware we needed to make it a perfect day for him with a convincing win – and we did that.
“A lot of it is natural with Sam and he wants to win at everything, even when we play a game of Aussie touch in training. He’s a great kid to have with us.”
Tomkins was not the only Warrior to shine at the Probiz Coliseum, with Josh Charnley and Pat Richards – who contributed 14 points with the boot – each grabbing two tries.
“If someone had given me that score before the game I’d have taken it, “ Wane added.
“For 60 minutes we were outstanding. The last 20 minutes we lost a bit of intensity, but overall I am really impressed.
“We scored some great tries again and I thought our defence was pretty good.
“Our ball control in the last quarter of the game was slightly disappointing, and we need to improve that if are to be a ruthless team.”
It was an emotional afternoon in West Yorkshire, with a minute’s applause held before the game in memory of Robbie Millward, the 19-year-old son of Tigers head coach Ian.
Wane was Under-20s coach when Millward was in charge at Wigan six years ago, and he acknowledged: “It was sad circumstances and my heart goes out to Ian.
“But we just prepared to win the game the best way we could and we were here to do a job.”