Wigan Warriors completed a league and cup double in a thrilling final at Old Trafford as Sam Tomkins wave’s good bye not only to Wigan but the Super league.
Wigan faced a mountain to climb when they were 16-2 down just before half time, however after wasting chance after chance they finally managed to convert one of the opportunities just before half time. However the second half was a different story, Wigan dominated showing some of the form they have showed all year, as they ran in four tries and they also kept Warrington scoreless. Injuries to Warrington also paid a huge role in the game, mainly to try scorer Joel Monaghan who was stretchered off just before half time which turned out to be the changing point in the game as Wigan scored their first try almost immediately.
The Super League Grand final also marked the last game of Sam Tomkins time at Wigan, it was recently announced that the England full back would be moving to the New Zealand Vodafone Warriors for a World record fee. Tomkins has choose to join move to the NRL, along with teammates Pat Richards and Lee Mossop; to be part of the best league in the world, and he will be truly missed not only by Wigan fans but rugby league fans in general, Tomkins is already England’s leading ever try scorer at the young age of 24 and is not only one of the Super Leagues top talents but also one of the world’s top talents.
After the game, Wigan coach Shaun Wane said “I’m really pleased, not just for the ones who are leaving but for them all, I knew this was a good day and I can’t tell you how happy I am. I have seen these players come of age but I want them to be good players and good men, and what satisfies me is to see them having good family lives as well.” Wigan’s Captain Sean O’Loughlin who was an injury doubt for the game, said “It was touch and go whether I would be OK for this game. I just about made it. You do not get too many opportunities to play in these games.” And Tomkins added “This is what we dreamt of, we spoke about a fairytale ending. It was about desire and belief. We are a really, really tight group.”
Warrington Captain Adrian Morley, who this was his last game for Warrington said “I’m devastated, but really proud of the boys for their efforts this year and before that. We have been working towards the finals; we have ticked the box in Challenge Cups but haven’t managed to do it in the Grand Finals. The try before half-time gave them hope and the injuries didn’t go our way. In the second half, they shut us out”
The Rugby League world now turns its attention to the upcoming World Cup which is being hosted by England, Australia and New Zealand are the only two teams to have won a world cup and only England are likely to challenge these two nations in the quest to be the world best.