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Super League Grand Final: Sam Tomkins finishes Wigan career as a champion

Last Updated: 06/10/13 11:25am

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Pat Richards, Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum pose with the Super League trophy

Pat Richards, Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum pose with the Super League trophy

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Sam Tomkins was delighted to sign off his Wigan career in style after helping the club complete the double in his final match.

The Warriors rallied from a 16-2 first-half deficit in sensational fashion against Warrington, scoring 28 points without reply to be crowned Super League champions.

"There are a few of us leaving, we are a really tight group and the players spoke about a fairytale ending. This was it."
Sam Tomkins

Having already lifted the Tetley's Challenge Cup earlier this season, Tomkins admitted the triumph at Old Trafford was the perfect send-off before he heads to the NRL.

"It's unbelievable, this is what we dreamt of," Tomkins, who will be joining the New Zealand Warriors after the World Cup, told Sky Sports.

"There are a few of us leaving, we are a really tight group and the players spoke about a fairytale ending. This was it.

"We are a really tight group and we knew if we stuck to our game plan we would come back into it."

Prolific

Pat Richards was also playing in the Cherry and White jersey for the final time, the prolific goal-kicking winger having been with Wigan since 2006.

The Ireland international scored his side's fifth and final try on the night and also kicked five goals, a far cry from his last Grand Final appearance in 2010 when he was forced off with a serious injury.

"It wasn't the best of starts, but credit to our boys, we hung in there," Richards admitted.

"I can't describe what I'm feeling like right now. I've had the time of my life over the last eight years."

Blake Green was awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match, the half-back having overcome a nasty facial injury suffered in the opening minutes to play a key role for the Warriors.

"That's the best feeling I've ever had in my life," the Australian said. "It's unbelievable, no one thought we could win the double, everyone wrote us off."

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