Super League: Sam Tomkins wary of threat of Lee Briers in Grand Final
Last Updated: October 4, 2013 9:59am
Sam Tomkins: Playing his last game for Wigan before moving to NRL
Sam Tomkins believes keeping Lee Briers quiet will be crucial to Wigan's chances of Super League Grand Final glory against Warrington.
The England full-back, who has been relieved of the Warriors captaincy due to the return of Sean O'Loughlin, knows the battle of the packs could decide the outcome at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Tomkins insists O'Loughlin is Wigan's best player while he rates hooker Michael McIlorum as the toughest he has ever encountered, but he is aware of the threat of evergreen half-back Briers.
"Lee Briers pulls all the strings," Tomkins said. "He's very good at organising so he's one you've got to keep quiet.
The Tomkins family farewell
"But I think the game will probably be won and lost in the forwards.
"We've got Micky McIlorum who I'd say is the best nine in the league and the toughest bloke I've ever met and they've got some smart hookers as well in Micky Higham and Michael Monaghan.
"There are some big sets of forwards who are going to be clattering into each other and I think whichever pack get on top will have a big say in which way the game tilts."
Wigan are appearing in their sixth Grand Final but it is their first against last year's runners-up, and Tomkins revealed it is the showdown he wanted.
The two teams have not met in a final since Wigan beat the Wolves in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley 23 years ago, and Tomkins added: "My dad remembers the 1990 final.
"He went to it. It's been a long time and it seems like this is the final that everybody wants. Certainly my family, because they're from Warrington, have told me they wanted it and personally I did as well.
"Leeds have done very well in getting here a number of times in the last few years but this is the one that neutrals wanted and I think it's going to be an absolute cracker."
Tomkins, along with team-mates Pat Richards and Lee Mossop, will be making his final appearance for Wigan before he moves to the NRL, and he is delighted to be bowing out alongside his brother Logan.
"I was at Old Trafford in 2010 with my older brother Joel, I've won a Grand Final and a Challenge Cup with Joel.
"I've now won a Challenge Cup with Logan and it would be the absolute fairytale ending to bow out with Logan on Saturday with a Grand Final win."
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