Determination The Key

Determination The Key

  • Wigan Warriors forward Joel Tomkins on Wigan’s 33-26 win at Castleford Tigers

  • England international makes a return from injury

  • Wigan Warriors beat Castleford Tigers 33-26 in First Utility Super League

Joel Tomkins said Wigan’s determination was vital after the Warriors held off Castleford to secure a vital two points.

The Cherry and Whites scored five tries compared to Castleford’s four, with Matty Smith racking up 13 points owing to six goals and a crucial drop-goal to kill the game off.

Playing in only his seventh game of the campaign, Tomkins said: “We didn’t do ourselves any favours at times.

“We gave a few penalties away at poor times and put ourselves under pressure but on the other side I thought a massive plus was our determination, resolve and effort for each other.

“We played well in patches in both attack and defence. We dug deep in the second-half and came away with the two points which is the main thing.

“Castleford is always a tough place to go so it is good that we put in a decent performance, effort-wise and ability-wise. We have scored more than 30 points in our last two games which is an improvement and shows we are coming along well in our attack.” he added.

The 29-year-old was the only change in the squad from Magic Weekend as he returned from a knee injury in place of injured skipper Sean O’Loughlin.

“I’m glad to be back playing.” He continued.

“I have been in and out of the team this year with a knee injury which I am trying to manage but I enjoyed it in the middle. I had a chat with Shaun Wane ahead of the game and we thought playing in the middle was not as much lateral movement and not as much space around which might have been better for me.

“I think moving on that I will play more in the middle and as you get older that is generally what happens now because the game is so quick.” Tomkins said.

The England star believes improvements can made despite the win: “I think a lot of teams would have got turned over on Thursday with the way Cas played and even with the lead we had, they are quite hard to defend against when they started to throw the ball around so we are happy we got the result we wanted but there are still some things we can work on.”

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