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Leeds 8 Wigan 50: Tomkins shines as shadow Warriors batter Rhinos

Leeds 8 Wigan 50: Tomkins shines as shadow Warriors batter Rhinos

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UPDATED:

22:48 GMT, 1 June 2012

Shaun Wane sent a chilling warning to the rest of Super League after this one-sided rout, insisting Wigan will get better.

His side were missing six first-team
forwards but still thrashed their opponents and Wane said: ‘We haven’t
peaked yet. I don’t want to sound arrogant or big headed, but if I’m
speaking from my heart we haven’t got that killer instinct yet —but it
will come.’

Wig wham: Liam Farrell is congratulated on his try by Sam Tomkins (left) and Josh Charnley (centre)

Wig wham: Liam Farrell is congratulated on his try by Sam Tomkins (left) and Josh Charnley (centre)

He added: ‘Under the circumstances it was as good as we’ve been this season. To come to a tough place like this with our kids in and get that result, it’s a great effort.

‘Every now and then you get a special bond in your team and we’ve got it now. They need to enjoy it and embrace it, because it doesn’t come around all that often.’

Sam Tomkins stole the show in front of watching friend Rio Ferdinand, but this was a complete Wigan display. For Leeds, things look worryingly bleak and they now sit seventh in the table.

Tryn time: Wigan Warriors' Liam Farrell goes over to score

Tryn time: Wigan Warriors' Liam Farrell goes over to score

Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott said:
‘Wigan were on fire. They’ve done that to a few good teams recently.
They were very, very good. We don’t want to be on the end of this, but
at times you have to go through it. When we’ve been asked to play at a
certain level of skill and intensity, we haven’t come up with the
goods.’

The Warriors led from the third minute, Jeff Lima crashing on to Michael
McIlorum’s short pass, and Leeds simply had no response.

Searing breaks from Tomkins then laid on tries for Liam Farrell and
George Carmont, with Sean O’Loughlin and Thomas Leuluai also crossing as
the visitors established a 26-4 half-time lead.

It is only 12 days
since McDermott admitted he was ‘panicking’ over his side’s plight, and
this defeat raised more uncomfortable questions as well as boos from the
Headingley faithful.

Few answers were forthcoming after the interval, with Josh Charnley, Anthony Gelling, Leuluai and Brett Finch also scoring.
Ryan Hall’s double did nothing for Leeds’ respectability.