Sam Thanks the Fans

Sam Thanks the Fans

  • Sam Tomkins praises the Wigan fans for turning out against Widnes

  • Over 10,000 brave the cold as Warriors beat Vikings

  • Wigan run in 32 unanswered points to beat Widnes at the DW Stadium

Sam Tomkins has praised Wigan fans for their fine effort to come out and support their team to victory on a cold evening at the DW Stadium.

The Wigan team put in a big effort to score 32 unanswered points and come from 16 points down to beat Widnes. The fans also put in a great effort with over 10,000 braving the cold!

Tomkins said: “Overall, to get the win is good and in the second half we obviously improved a lot, as in the first half we weren’t at it.

“We were a little bit unorganised in our attack so we knew if we kept hold of the ball in the second half the tries would come and they did.”

A 70-metre try from Tomkins sealed the victory for Wigan late on, as he picked the ball up from a kick and ran through the Widnes team.

“I’ve not run that far in about 10 years,” Tomkins laughed.

“I was happy with that but it was just one of those, there was a bit of luck in it really. They were forcing me with chips over the top and the opportunity was there to run and I’m glad I took it.”

Tomkins gave a special mention to the Wigan faithful who braved the cold conditions in numbers for the first home game of 2018.

He said, “It was a fair effort from our fans. Not only getting to the ground but spending two hours at night sitting in the stands - it means a lot and the players really appreciate it because if they don’t turn up there’s no atmosphere and we wouldn’t have got that lift that we needed in the second half.”

Back to the performance, Tomkins added: “We felt like we really undersold ourselves against Warrington so to put things right this week is a good start and we’ve got a nice long turn around to get our bodies back into some good shape, as we play Wakefield next Sunday.

“Wakefield have improved on last year, significantly, and they were good then too so it’s going to be a tough task but we’ve got a long week ahead of us and we’ll do our homework on them and make sure we get that win!”

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