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  • Sam Tomkins believes Super League and NRL sides are of a similar standard

  • Warriors full-back has played in both competitions and thinks the top sides in Super League compare

  • Wigan face Cronulla Sharks in the Dacia World Club Challenge at the DW Stadium on Sunday

Sam Tomkins says the best Super League teams are of a similar standard to their equivalents in the NRL.

To date, in the World Club Series, the NRL sides have won all six games however Tomkins, who has played both in Super League for Wigan and the NRL for New Zealand Warriors, believes the top Super League teams can mix it with the best.

“The top teams in Super League are of a similar standard to the top teams in the NRL.” Tomkins said, speaking to Sporting Life.

“The World Club Series obviously hasn’t really shown that in the last few years as Super League sides unfortunately haven’t played too great. I’ve been lucky enough to have played in both competitions and the difference over there is that every team in the league is quality. We’ve got a little bit of a gulf in quality from the top to the bottom of Super League which does have an effect.

“This weekend, Warrington are a good side and we can win any game as well. Warrington and ourselves are both underdogs but I think there’s definitely a chance of the double. Warrington have a new-look side and Kevin Brown can make a difference if he recovers from the injury that he picked up in training. Cronulla are a top side and they’ve got class all over the field. It’s important that our defence is the focus as they can break you from anywhere. Our squad looks ready and I’m sure both teams are going to put up the best possible fight.”

With Wigan and Warrington looking to match up against Cronulla and Brisbane this weekend Tomkins believes more games against NRL sides can only be good for the Super League teams.

“The more we can play against NRL teams the better. It’s only going to improve our competition by playing against different teams and different styles. There is certainly a rivalry between Super League and the NRL but the logistics of more games are obviously pretty tough with the countries so far apart. It’s rugby league over here that needs the boost rather than Australia so I think it’s a good idea that the World Club Series is in England.”

Wigan Warriors face Cronulla Sharks in the 2017 Dacia World Club Challenge at the DW Stadium this Sunday. Tickets are available from £22 adults, £16 concessions and £12 juniors from the DW Stadium Ticket Office, the Ticket Hotline on 0871 66-33-552 and online by Clicking HERE

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