Sam Tomkins talks about the final pressure of the Challenge Cup, the work of Matt Peet’s Wigan Warriors and the Rugby World Cup | Rugby League News

England captain Sam Tomkins spoke exclusively to Sky Sports this week ahead of the weekend's World Cup final

England captain Sam Tomkins spoke exclusively to Sky Sports this week ahead of the weekend’s World Cup final

England captain and Sam Tomkins of Catalans Dragons speak exclusively with Sky Sports ahead of this weekend’s World Cup final between Wigan and Huddersfield, discussing pressure, Matt Peet, the Rugby World Cup and more.

Tomkins, who spent two spells with Wigan (2008-2013, 2016-2018) on both sides with the NZ Warriors in the NRL, lifted the Challenge Cup twice with the Warriors in 2011 and 2013.

On Saturday, Wigan face the Huddersfield Giants in the 2022 outstanding cup clash, not winning it since Tomkins last lifted the cup with them nine years ago.

The 33-year-old gives his thoughts on his old club and the pressure that the occasion brings …

“They are [Wigan] favorites going into the game. They’ve been pretty good this year, “Tomkins said Sky Sports.

Tomkins is the dominant Man of Steel for his performances with Catalans

Tomkins is the dominant Man of Steel for his performances with Catalans

“I think they have the most exciting Super League player at Jai Field in the squad, so with him I think they have a good chance of beating anyone.

“But it will be a difficult task, as Huddersfield have also played some good things.

“It’s definitely different from any other game.

Tomkins played for Wigan over two spells between 2008-13 and 2016-18

Tomkins played for Wigan over two spells between 2008-13 and 2016-18

“There is extra pressure and the final is very different in terms of atmosphere. There is a carnival atmosphere in the stadium because you get not only great support from both sides playing, but fans from all the teams that will support the Challenge Cup.

“It’s a different feeling and there’s a lot of pressure on you especially because a cup like the World Cup with the history it has, it’s one you don’t want to miss when you have the chance, so I’m sure both players will already feel that. pressure. “

Tomkins lifted the Challenge Cup twice with old club Wigan in 2011 and 2013 - they haven't won it since.

Tomkins lifted the Challenge Cup twice with old club Wigan in 2011 and 2013 – they haven’t won it since.

While the last 15 World Cup finals have been held at Wembley Stadium, Saturday’s clash will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time.

Tomkins believes it should make no difference, however, also commenting on Matt Peet’s successful first season in charge at Wigan.

“I don’t think it will make a difference. Obviously historically it’s at Wembley, and every day outside is at Wembley, but if you change Wembley for a stadium, what’s better than the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium? It’s a wonderful venue,” he said. says.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host the 2022 Challenge Cup final for the first time

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host the 2022 Challenge Cup final for the first time

“And as an athlete and rugby player, you want to play on the biggest stage and there’s nothing bigger in this country that I don’t believe in than where the guys will play tomorrow.

“It simply came to our notice then [for Peet] isn’t it? To say he just started coaching the first team this season and up to this point in his coaching career he could have silverware, it’s a huge opportunity and I’m sure he wouldn’t have believed it 12 months ago if he had said he would be . be leading Wigan out at Challenge Cup final.

Wigan Warriors new head coach Matt Peet is in his first season in charge

Wigan Warriors new head coach Matt Peet is in his first season in charge

“But Matt is a very good coach, he’s been in the Wigan system for a long, long time, and I’ve known him for many years but I’ve listened to some of Matt’s interviews lately about his passion for the club and it. for me he is the perfect man for the job. “

Jenna Brooks spoke to Matt Peet earlier this season about her trip to Super League coaching

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Jenna Brooks spoke to Matt Peet earlier this season about her trip to Super League coaching

Jenna Brooks spoke to Matt Peet earlier this season about her trip to Super League coaching

Huddersfield coach Ian Watson is in his second season in charge with the Giants, and has seen significant growth in form this year as they seek their first World Cup title since 1953.

“He had some success with Salford, judging by his own standards, and to go to Huddersfield, he probably had a bit of a strong start to coaching them last year, but this year they certainly turned a corner, they were exciting and got great results,” Tomkins says.

“They’re going to be a tough challenge and I’m sure Watson will have a plan to take care of everything Matt Peet is organizing.

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson is looking to lead the club to their first World Cup title since 1953.

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson is looking to lead the club to their first World Cup title since 1953.

“It could go both ways. I think Wigan are favorites, and they should be, but it’s important for Huddersfield to start well.

“Wigan are a team that once they’re ahead, they’re hard to pick up. They’re pretty ruthless, they compete really high, they don’t give you a lot of chances.

“For Huddersfield to win tomorrow, they have to start really well. They have to start fast and win first.”

Tomkins on Rugby League World Cup: We have a chance to do something special

With the Rugby League World Cup originally scheduled for 2021 in England, Covid has seen the tournament postponed for a year, and it starts on October 15th.

England captain Tomkins talks about preparations as well as a wonderful rest of the year of sport for England as the women’s football team, men’s, women’s and wheelchair rugby 13 teams and then men’s football team all compete at major tournaments.

“We have a great opportunity with a man, a woman and a wheelchair all running side by side, to go and do something special.

“Preparation is going well at the moment. We’ve had a few meetings and we’ve all gotten together a few times.

Tomkins says England's preparations are going well ahead of their home World Cup

Tomkins says England’s preparations are going well ahead of their home World Cup

“The real preparation starts after a few weeks when we have the game against the combined stars. That will give us a real measure of where we are.

“But preparations are good. We have a good squad together, and Shaun Wane has just gone to Australia for a meeting with all the boys there who qualify as well.

“We’re going to have a strong squad. And the fact that it’s on home soil, after it’s delayed, only builds the excitement and the anticipation. I can’t wait.

“What a wonderful year it would be if we could win some World Cups. Is there anything better than being world champions? And we have plenty of chances this year as a country.”

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