England win over Exiles sends warning to rivals, says Sam Tomkins
Last Updated: 15/06/13 2:21pm
Sam Tomkins (l) and England captain Kevin Sinfield lift the trophy after victory at The Halliwell Jones Stadium
Sam Tomkins says England's victory over the Exiles is the perfect warning to their World Cup rivals.
Steve McNamara's men claimed a five-try 30-10 win in the fourth international origin match at Warrington on Friday - their last competitive outing before they take on Australia in the World Cup opener on 26 October.
"I think we got a massive amount out of it," said Tomkins, who was named man of the match.
"It was perfect preparation. We needed to win to send a message and we did that.
"The mood is happy. We don't get to play too many games together so we've got to enjoy certainly ones like that when we've had a win.
"We're looking forward to moving on to the World Cup now.
"It was a good test in the second half. They probably played a little bit better. You've got to give them credit. They ran harder, they got in a few more offloads and they troubled us a little bit.
"The important thing was that we came through. We were a little bit sloppy in
parts but, if you look at the win as a whole, it's a massive positive for England."
Tomkins, the reigning Man of Steel, emerged as a potential future England captain after leading the team for the second half after Kevin Sinfield suffered a thumb injury.
The Wigan star added: "Steve told me in the week that I'd be vice-captain and at half-time last night he said 'Kev's no good, you're skipper'.
"It's a massive honour to captain my country, even if it was only for 40 minutes."