Sam Tomkins wants to add to his try-scoring record against France on Sunday
Last Updated: 04/11/12 1:25pm
Sam Tomkins touches down against France at New Craven Park
Sam Tomkins is keen to build on his record-breaking try-tally in next Sunday's autumn series final against France.
The Wigan star scored twice against Les Tricolores on Saturday to become England's all-time leading tryscorer and has warned France to expect more of the same in next Sunday's return clash in Salford.
The 23-year-old newly-crowned Man of Steel played just over an hour of the match at Craven Park before being substituted by coach Steve McNamara, but is expecting to play a full role in the final.
"I'm over the moon with that," Tomkins said of the England record. "Someone mentioned before I went out that I needed a couple to get it so I'm really happy. Fingers crossed I'll have a few more tries for England in the future."
"It was good to get that game back under my belt," added Tomkins, who missed last week's 80-12 win over Wales as well as the end of the Super League season with Wigan with a knee injury.
"Luckily I've not been injured before, six weeks seemed like a long time. It's nice to have the confidence that I've got a game under my belt and I'll be going full out next week.
"It's nice to have the confidence that I've got a game under my belt and I'll be going full out next week."
"The knee is fine, I didn't feel it once in the game. That was perfect really I think. I got brought off before the end because I'd not played for six weeks and so was short of a bit of match fitness.
"He wanted me to have a taste this week and next week I'll hopefully be playing 80 minutes."
France must be dreading facing a fully-fit Tomkins, who scored four tries against them in a Four Nations match at Leigh two years ago.
He has some way to go before matching the legendary status of another Wigan winger, Mick Sullivan, who scored 41 tries in 46 Great Britain appearances from 1954-63, but, at 23, Tomkins could have a decade of international rugby league in front of him.
Leeds' Zak Hardaker, the 2012 Super League young player of the year, was the man to make way for Tomkins' return, despite scoring two tries on an impressive Test debut in Wrexham, and the Wigan ace says he is facing pressure to keep his spot.
"Zak is a quality player - he showed that last week," said Tomkins. "It's great that there's competition for places in every position. I'd say at the moment Zak is pushing me all the way."
Tomkins' tryscoring feat was overshadowed by 21-year-old centre Kallum Watkins, who scored a hat-trick on his second appearance for England, while winger Tom Briscoe also touched down twice on his recall and skipper Kevin Sinfield contributed a try and six goals to take his points tally to 40 from two matches as captain.
Hooker Kane Bentley scored a late try to ensure France were not whitewashed and Tomkins believes there is much room for improvement by England going into Sunday's final, their last international fixture for 12 months.
"It was probably all right," he said. "Defensively I think we were pretty good, our attack wasn't so good but we'll improve that for next week. France will be better but we'll match that improvement."
England could be without second rower Gareth Ellis for the final after he was put on report by New Zealand referee Shane Rehm for a tackle that left France full-back Cyril Stacul with concussion.
An international match-review panel will examine the incident on Monday to decide whether the former Leeds and Wests Tigers player, who is joining Hull for 2013, is to face a disciplinary hearing.