Saturday 21st July 2012, 15:00 - Round:21
|Michael Robertson,||T||Sam Tomkins 4, Josh Charnley, Iain Thornley, Matty Smith, Brett Finch,|
Sam Tomkins 6,
Attendance: 4,309 Official: T Albert Venue: Twickenham Stoop Stadium
Sam Tomkins inspired Wigan Warriors to a comfortable victory in London, ruining Broncos interim coach Tony Rea’s return to the capital.
Tomkins scored four tries, created two more and also booted 12 points as league leaders Wigan rebounded from their Carnegie Challenge Cup exit last weekend.
For Rea, it was a harsh lesson of the job ahead after stepping into the Broncos hotseat earlier this week.
Wigan recalled both Iain Thornley and Matty Smith to their starting line-up after the pair were cup-tied in last week’s defeat to Leeds Rhinos.
For the Broncos, all eyes were on interim coach Rea, flown over from Australia to retake the reins at the Stoop for the first time since 2006 after Rob Powell was relieved of his duties.
But the Londoners were also able to welcome back Craig Gower and Antonio Kaufusi, who sat out the loss at Bradford Bulls with injuries.
The two sides had indulged in a ding-dong battle at the DW Stadium earlier this campaign, Wigan eventually edging a thriller 42-30.
And the scoring got under way within two minutes this time round, Tomkins exchanging passes with Josh Charnley to scamper over.
Minutes later, it was Charnley himself who added the second score, courtesy of an excellent defence-splitting pass from Darrell Goulding.
Wigan were producing exhibition rugby, and the home defence was struggling to stick to the task.
With half-time approaching, the Warriors upped the tempo further, and it was Tomkins again who rounded off a flowing move a minute before the break.
Minutes after the interval, Wigan all but killed the game as a contest, Thornley romping over after another clever pass from Tomkins.
Tomkins was not finished, though, laying on the next score for Smith on 50 minutes after another incisive break.
The full-back then completed his try hat-trick, before Brett Finch got in on the scoring act, cantering through a huge gap in the London defence to touch down at the posts.
There was further bad news for the hosts when Dan Sarginson was stretchered off with a leg injury, but seconds later the Broncos did have something to cheer when Michael Robertson crossed on 67 minutes.
However, Tomkins was to score again, chipping through and gathering his own kick to notch his fourth try five minutes later.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals
Forty Twenty: 1
Clean Breaks: 4
Clean Breaks: 3
Clean Breaks: 4