You can’t ever write off a defeat like that, says Tomkins

Wigan Warriors fullback Sam Tomkins has insisted that it is impossible to simply write off a 62-point loss like the one they suffered at Wakefield earlier this year: and says no Wigan team should be beaten by that scoreline.

The Warriors and the Wildcats meet for the first time since that comprehensive win for Wakefield back in April on Friday night, with the Warriors looking to stay level at the top of the Super League table with Hull should the Black and Whites win against Leeds.

And when asked if it’s a defeat that can be written off given Wigan’s extensive problems with injury and illness on the day, Tomkins told TotalRL that you can never simply forget about a margin of defeat like that.

“I don’t think you can ever write off being beaten by 62 points,” he said.

“Just because we’d had a lot of illness there was still some fundamentals in that game we didn’t do right.

“There were reasons for it but you can’t ever dismiss that – a club like Wigan should be able to put their reserve side out and not be beaten 62-0: and that’s no disrespect to Wakefield.”

Tomkins admits he’s been impressed with Wakefield since Chris Chester took charge, and admits they are looking to put a few things right from that disastrous day for the club earlier in the season.

“They seem a new team since Chris Chester came in,” he said.

“They play pretty expansively with the ball in hand and they’ve scored a lot of points – so our defence will have to be on it.

“They embarrassed us a few months ago at their place; we had a young team out and we had a number of people playing who were off sick all week so we were in a bad way. We performed very poorly too however – so we know we’ve got to right a few wrongs.”