Tomkins stars in Warriors rout
Sam Tomkins scored six tries as Wigan kicked off their Challenge Cup defence with a 98-4 thrashing of North Wales Crusaders at the DW Stadium.
In 2008 Tomkins made his Wigan debut in the fifth round of the Cup and scored five tries as the Warriors hammered Whitehaven. Four years on, the full-back went one better against the Crusaders.
The game was over as a contest at the break as the Warriors crossed for nine first-half tries to take a 48-0 advantage against their Championship One opponents.
Ryan King got the ball rolling on his debut with the opening try before this fourth-round tie became the Tomkins show.
He helped himself to four first-half tries, while King added another with Josh Charnley, Joe Mellor and Liam Farrell also scoring as the Crusaders were beaten all over the park.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane handed a first-team debut to winger King with Anthony Gelling making way, while Liam Farrell returned from injury and there was a place on the bench for young prop Dom Crosby who was also making his first start.
Wane opted to rest a handful of players, including Brett Finch, Jeff Lima and Harrison Hansen, but he kept the likes of Tomkins and Thomas Leuluai in the starting line-up.
North Wales Crusaders boss Clive Griffiths handed a debut to his son Owain from the bench, while Tommy Johnson, Adam Walsh and Sam Broadbent all came into the team after missing the win over South Wales Scorpions on Easter Monday.
King crowned a great first start for the club with his first ever try after great work from Joe Mellor and George Carmont to cross over in the corner before Tomkins started to take control.
The England international used all his skill and speed to cross over after eight minutes before scoring an almost identical try on the other side of the field eight minutes later. Josh Charnley converted two of the first three tries as Wigan led 16-0.
Tomkins picked up a first half hat-trick with another fine run without having a finger laid on him to add to tries from King, Charnley, Mellor and Farrell before Tomkins backed up Chris Tuson to grab his fourth try.
Charnley, who took over the kicking duties from Pat Richards once more, slotted over six conversions from nine attempts as Wigan led 48-0 at the break.
The second half was no better for the Crusaders as Wigan hit them with three quick tries inside the opening 10 minutes.
Tomkins danced down the right before offloading to Charnley who stepped off his right foot to go racing in under the posts. The winger converted for a 54-0 lead.
Tuson got his reward on 43 minutes when he backed up Leuluai for Wigan's 11th try and that score was quickly followed by a second try for Farrell after great build-up play from Tomkins once again. Charnley converted both.
It was getting really embarrassing for the Welshmen now with Farrell getting his hat-trick, while Tomkins broke his try scoring record with his fifth and sixth of the game.
Logan Tomkins, Paul Prescott and Crosby all crossed for Wigan in the second half as they ran in 18 tries with Charnley adding 13 goals.
There was something for the Crusaders in the final two minutes when Owain Brown pounced on Adam Walsh's kick for their only try.
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