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Wane hails terrific Tomkins
Hat-trick hero earns praise for sublime display
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.
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Shaun Wane lauded hat-trick hero Sam Tomkins after league leaders Wigan ran out easy 52-10 winners over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The full-back starred with 24 points, including a fantastic hat-trick, as the Warriors extended their lead at the top of the Stobart Super League to five points.
Wane reserved extra praise for Tomkins, believing the England international gives his side 'something very different'.
The Wigan coach said: "He's a very special player, and that's what special players do.
"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."
Tomkins scored arguably the pick of the 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."
Wane also spoke of his delight at how his players bounced back after last week's shock defeat to Bradford Bulls as they prepare to face Leeds in the semi-finals of the Carnegie Challenge Cup next weekend
"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.
"It was close to the perfect performance. We were slightly sluggish at the start, but I wasn't concerned because Wakefield can do that to any team, they've some good players.
"But some of our tries were superb, and we defended some back-to-back sets really well at times too in the second half."
Wildcats head-coach Richard Agar was magnanimous in defeat, admitting his side were outplayed by the Warriors, but he still felt his players could have done much better.
"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 today.
"Our completion rate was unacceptable, and that had a big effect on the scoreboard at the final hooter."
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