Things to work on

Things to work on

  • Joel Tomkins reflects on Wigan’s Derby defeat

  • Tomkins says Warriors have things to work on

  • Wigan lose to St Helens on Good Friday, set to host Hull KR at the DW Stadium on Easter Monday

Joel Tomkins said there are “things to work on” after Wigan lost the Good Friday Derby against St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

The Warriors were defeated 21-18 in a compelling game. Wigan led 2-0 early on and 14-12 midway through the second half but the home side struck back late on to take the win.

Speaking after the game, Tomkins said: “I thought in patches we were pretty dominant and against Saints, the way they are playing at the minute, that’s a positive sign for us but then there was also spells where they were very dominant.

“For us, we’ll take some positives out of the game and it gives us some things to work on. It’s by far the toughest game of the year and hopefully we can build on that now.”

Second row Tomkins praised his teammates after they fought back in the second half after being 12-2 down at half time.

He said: “I thought there was a lot of effort there from the lads and we put ourselves in a position to win the game but unfortunately Saints took an opportunity and scored a try and then kicked a drop-goal.

“Credit to them as they were clinical but we missed a drop-goal attempt and didn’t take the chances that we had.”

Morgan Escaré climbed off his sick bed to replace Sam Tomkins who missed the game through illness

The Warriors were hit with a blow before the match as Sam Tomkins was ruled out through illness.

Brother Joel admitted Sam’s late withdrawal did not help in Wigan’s preparation but refused to use it as an excuse.

“Obviously, it disrupted things,” he said. “We’ve been training with Sam at full-back all week but Morgan (Escare) is an experienced full-back who knows what he’s doing and he slotted in fine so it’s a tough question.

“It might have done, it might not have done. You never know, it could have changed things. It’s really difficult to say but it’s not fair on Morgan to say it would have changed the result.”

Two of Wigan’s three tries came through Tomkins. The Wigan forward gave a mention to the 4,300 Cherry and White fans that were in attendance, as he said: “The whole atmosphere throughout the game was amazing – one of the best atmospheres I’ve been involved in on Derby Day.

“It’s upsetting for the fans that we couldn’t get the result at the end but hopefully with the effort we put in and the desire we showed, they appreciate that and it was worth the trip coming over.”

Wigan host Hull KR on Monday at the DW Stadium and Tomkins is preparing for another difficult game.

“It’ll be a tough one. There will be some sore bodies on Monday but it’ll be the same for Hull KR, as they’ve had their derby game against Hull FC so there’ll be no excuses from us. On Monday we’ll turn up with the right attitude and hopefully get the result.”

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