Sam not being safe under the high ball is slowly becoming a myth. He did have his problems a couple of seasons ago but they are have nearly been rid of completely from his game, along with the little niggles and bad attitude. If you can find 3 instances of Sam dropping a high ball in the last year I'll be very surprised. I can't recall more than one if I'm honest, although I am restricted to only watching Wigan on SL full time and when they are on SKY/BBC so someone who watches them week in week out can probably how much he has dropped it.
The standard of full backs is high in the NRL, but if you think Sam will struggle you are being blinded by sheer bias towards the NRL. Obviously the comparison between players is hard to make as they rarely face eachother but when Sam faced Aus and NZ in the 4N in 2011 he excelled. If you watch the first game against Aus he was involved heavily in all the tries. Making 60m breaks against NZ between 6 players it was all there to see.
His stats in the SL are incomparable to any other player. You mention the only thing Sam is good at his being evasive, you obviously havent watched SL in the last couple of years as his overall game has developed immensely. He offers so much more to Wigan than his attacking threat, the same with Sean O Loughlin in the Wigan side they offer so much to the organisation to the side and helping their side when it comes to reading the game. I'm sure most Wigan fans will confirm how important to the Wigan side both these players are.
You'll think that Tomkins will struggle in the NRL which is up to you. Any stat from SL won't change your mind. Any video clip from SL or against international opposition won't change your mind. We'll just have to wait to see if he goes to the NRL to make a judgement.
But back on thread, can you answer CKN's question of what else can the RFL do?
You progress to accuse me of not watching S/L........WRONG! I do but I wonder if in turn you watch the NRL? If not I will inform you of why I believe the Sam will struggle there under high balls, at least initially.
He will be shell shocked at the accuracy of so many of the recognised tactical kickers in the NRL teams, Cronk, Maloney, C/Evans and agood few more are accurate at an alarming rate with kicks placed to put a F/Back or any other defender under the greatest pressure when waiting for such balls.
The players that follow up such kicks are numerous so often and the F/B can expet to be hit and hit hard upon a great many occasions.
Sam will rarely, very rarely, if at all, at this stage of his career been under pressure and on his past record I do not believe that he will find it easy to cope with that, that over time he could improve, I hope he will as I, believe it or not, sincerely do want him to succeed in the NRL, as I do all of the English lads now playing down there, but I do feel that the F/B position being as specialised as it is there will not suit Sam so much.
Sorry for the missing out of O'Loughlin as I thought the emphasis was on Tomkins. However that both are so good for Wigan goes without question, in fact in my own opinion I tend to recognise that O'Loughlin is a far more important cog in the machine than is Tomkins and would be missed more in the long run within that present set up.
As you say stats from the S/L are not something that I give much thought about and those concerning the scoring of walkover tries against the likes of Salford, Cas London etc really when compared with the standards of the NRL have little or any relevence towards how someone will perform in that Comp. Look B, the Burgess twins on that reckoning ought to be nowhere close to being good enough for the NRL, their STATs here being practically non-existent, both are more than good enough especially George who has quickly established himself among the best forwards in the NRL, Tom seems to be looking to doe the same, Sam is possibly the best and Luke can at least when fully fit again hold his own, so stats, you are correct, I pay them little if any consideration.
And finally, CKNs question. I already have if will take care to read the reply I gave to him, I will repeat here " I am unconcerned with what the R/L can do for whatever that is, or amounts to, will certainly occur without any input from me anyway. I hope that is suffiecient enough an answer for you.