Wigan Warriors full-back, Sam Tomkins, on Wigan’s 27-26 win at Warrington Wolves in Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final
England international happy to return after 10 months out with broken ankle
- Full-back added a drop-goal which proved the match-winner
Sam Tomkins said he was delighted to progress through to the Labdrokes Challenge Cup semi-finals after a pulsating 27-26 win at Warrington Wolves.
Wigan went 18-12 up at half-time thanks to tries from Joe Burgess (2) and Liam Marshall.
John Bateman crossed for the Warriors in the second-half while Tomkins added a drop-goal late on, with the one-pointer proving to be decisive as Wigan sealed a 27-26 victory over local rivals Warrington.
“It was definitely nervy!” Tomkins said. “We made it difficult for ourselves at times but we got the win and that’s all that matters.
“The last few minutes weren’t enjoyable because it was so close and you are dependent on your teammates to do their jobs in those situations as well as concentrating on your own as so it’s not nice but the winning feeling is definitely worth it and we are just happy to be in the semis now.
“We’ve been in a tight game and came through to win it so it has given confidence and we can dip back into that when we are in tough games again in the future because we’ll remember how hard it was but what we achieved so we’ll grow from this win.
“But we’ve got to forget about the Challenge Cup for a little while now and focus climbing ladder and we’ll aim to do that against Huddersfield next week.”
The 28-year-old made his first appearance for the Cherry and Whites since Wigan’s 35-28 win at Warrington last September due to a broken ankle.
John Bateman and Anthony Gelling also returned for Shaun Wane’s side after having long spells on the treatment table but Tomkins admitted he was relieved to be back.
“In training I’ve been the first in and last out everyday to make sure that I could play the full 80 minutes but I’m glad to be back playing.” he added.
“Batty [John Bateman] and Gells [Anthony Gelling] both worked incredibly hard to get back fit for the game. Mark Bitcon has been outstanding and we’ve been training in heat chambers and at high altitude to make sure we are healthy and fit as possible.
“We only won at Warrington by a point so who knows, if we hadn’t have done all that extra training then the more senior boys who came in might have not offered as much.”