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Tetley's Challenge Cup: Sam Tomkins insists Warriors won't underestimate Broncos

Last Updated: 28/07/13 2:39pm

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Sam Tomkins: Insists the Wigan Warriors will not underestimate the London Broncos in Saturday's meeting

Sam Tomkins: Insists the Wigan Warriors will not underestimate the London Broncos in Saturday's meeting

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Sam Tomkins insists the Wigan Warriors will not allow complacency to creep into their game in Saturday's Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final against the London Broncos.

The Super League high flyers are the overwhelming favourites to secure a return to Wembley after toppling Leeds in the 2011 final by a 28-18 scoreline.

Shaun Wane's men were upset at this stage in last year's competition when the Rhinos secured an improbable 39-28 in Huddersfield. The result came within a month of Wigan running riot at Headingley.

"The Challenge Cup game against London Broncos is massive for us and there will be no complacency from Wigan."
Sam Tomkins

This time around Wigan have thumped London twice and few are backing against the Warriors running out comfortable winners once again, although the Broncos are out to spoil their party.

Tomkins was rested in Monday's 22-16 loss to rivals St Helens and the England international knows Wigan will need to be at their very best in order to prevent London from upsetting the odds.

"Anything can happen in 80 minutes and we've got to be prepared for them to produce their best performance in years," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"The Challenge Cup game against London Broncos is massive for us and there will be no complacency from Wigan.

No illusions

"We go into the semi-final as big favourites because of the sides' league positions, but we're under no illusions as to the task in hand.

Challenge Cup winners:

2002: Wigan Warriors
2003: Bradford Bulls
2004: St Helens
2005: Hull FC
2006: St Helens
2007: St Helens
2008: St Helens
2009: Warrington Wolves
2010: Warrington Wolves
2011: Wigan Warriors
2012: Warrington Wolves

"Anything can happen in 80 minutes and we've got to be prepared for them to produce their best performance in years. Last season we lost at this stage to Leeds, but we're well over that now.

"We're a strong group and we are solely focused on winning silverware, not dwelling on losses. We don't need to look into the past for inspiration - we're up for this one anyway."

Leigh's Sports Village has been chosen at the semi-final venue on Sunday and although the match is played just five miles away from Wigan, Tomkins has rejected the notion that the locality of the game will benefit for the Warriors.

"There has been a bit of talk about the fact the game is being played at Leigh Sports Village and that it could give us an advantage, but I think that has been overblown," he continued.

"It's an away ground for us as well, it's not a ground we're used to playing at, and we'll still be travelling and preparing as we would for an away game.

"If the game had been played in Yorkshire, there would still have been more Wigan fans than London supporters."

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