Tomkins earns praise from Wane

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Shaun Wane believes Wigan have 'a very special player' in Sam Tomkins (pictured)

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Shaun Wane believes Wigan have 'a very special player' in Sam Tomkins (pictured)

Coach Shaun Wane lauded Sam Tomkins' performance as the full-back helped Wigan to an emphatic 52-10 victory over the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

The Warriors were superb all across the park as they blew Richard Agar's men away to extend their lead at the top of the Stobart Super League to five points. And Wane reserved extra praise for Tomkins as he starred with 24 points, including a sublime hat-trick.

"He's a very special player, and that's what special players do," Wane said. "I'm just glad he plays for me and not anyone else. He gives us a real lift, and he gives us something very different."

The England international scored arguably the pick of the afternoon's scores - a sublime effort in which he chipped the Wildcats defensive line before regaining the ball and doing the same again over Richard Mathers. The try even brought applause from the home fans in appreciation, and Wane was equally full of admiration.

"It was an unbelievable score, and a score not many people could pull off," Wane said. "We haven't coached that into him at all; he's been doing things like that since he played for me in the under-18s, so I've a lot of respect for him."

The Warriors head coach also spoke of his delight at the manner in which his players bounced back after last week's shock defeat to the crisis-stricken Bradford Bulls. The table-toppers now face Leeds in the semi-finals of the Carnegie Challenge Cup next weekend, and Wane insisted it was important his players took some momentum into that game.

"I'm really happy with the performance," he said. "I didn't want to limp into the semi-finals of the cup, and I don't think we have, so naturally I'm very pleased."

Wildcats head-coach Richard Agar was magnanimous in defeat, admitting his side were outplayed by the Warriors, although he felt they were culprits of their own downfall as well with some silly errors.

"They're a fantastic side, and will put 50 points past better teams than us this year, so it does need to be put into context slightly," Agar said.

"We need to look at our own performance too, however, and we made some bad errors out there. Our completion rate was unacceptable, and that had a big effect on the scoreboard at the final hooter."

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