Wane revels in Tomkins masterclass

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Sam Tomkins stole limelight again with four tries against Broncos
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Sam Tomkins stole limelight again with four tries against Broncos

Wigan coach Shaun Wane hailed star man Sam Tomkins after the full back led the Warriors to a 44-6 romp over London Broncos.

Tomkins ran in four tries, created two more and kicked 12 points as the Warriors ruined London interim coach Tony Rea's return to Super League.

And Wane insisted it was nothing more than he expects from the England star, saying: "Sam Tomkins is Sam Tomkins. I have seen him play now for too many years to be surprised by what he does. His desire to win and compete is excellent, and he impresses me every time he goes out onto that pitch."

He added: "I was quite happy with how everything went and I was very pleased with the defence - it was job done in my book."

Tomkins burst over for his first score with barely two minutes on the clock, setting the tone for an afternoon that saw him leading the Broncos defence a merry dance.

Josh Charnley quickly added a second and a cricket score looked on the cards, but the game entered a poor spell after that, and it was not until Tomkins upped the gears to run home on 38 minutes that the scoreboard was troubled again. The second half saw more of the same, Tomkins racing in for two further scores along with tries from Matty Smith and Brett Finch.

For the Broncos, Michael Robertson touched down for a consolation score. It was a harsh lesson for Broncos boss Rea, flown over from Australia this week to retake the reins at the Stoop for the first time since 2006 after Rob Powell was relieved of his duties.

And Rea admitted there is plenty of work to do - while also ruling himself out of the role permanently.

"I did not really see a lot of good things out there today but I am not going to hide from that," the Australian said.

"I am not interested in the job full time and that was part of the agreement of me coming back. But I am fully committed to these next six or seven weeks and I aim to put my stamp on things quickly. I am not here to make soft calls or soft decisions and I have to put my ideas across quickly."

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