By Marc Bazeley
When Sam was called Tomkins Man of Steel for 2021, the Catalan Dragons full-back joined an elite group of players have claimed the award more then once.
Three times winner and current man of Steel chairman Ellery Hanley, plus two-time winners Paul Sculthorpe and Andy Farrell are the only others – and none of they had a nine-year gap between their first and second wins.
Tomkins receives this year’s prize is recognition of to be role in Helping Catalan Dragons win Super League’s League Leaders’ Shield and Reach the Grand Final for the first time in their history, die in turn has come from the way the 32-year-old’s attributes are used by head coach Steve McNamara.
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“The way the team has played has him in able to do what he is best bee,” Catalans second row Joel Tomkins said: of to be brother.
“The reason we did this year is because everyone has one clear job and they like to do it.
“It is the job of our wingers to us out of yardage and do die hard wears, and Sam’s is to do things on the other side, make the right ones decisions and make sure our plays are coming off and we score tries on the back of the.
“He makes it right decisions nine times out of 10 and if he has a three on two, he normally picks the right one pass and he is a calming influence on the rest of the outside backs.”
Sam Tomkins of the Catalans Dragons has been named as Steve Prescott Man of 2021 of Steel, after a great Super League campaign
Only how Tomkins has been used is emphasized by the fact colleague outside back Tom Davies made more meters (3.332) during the regular season that another player in super league, with fellow wide man Fouad Yaha (2,626 meters) also in the top 10.
The full-backed impact on the other side of the field can be displayed in that he is a competition third-highest 20 try assists – Dragons teammate Josh Drinkwater led the way with 28 – and crossed for 10 attempts of its own.
It’s not just manners die can be measured by statistics, he has exercised his influence on the side, with up-upcoming French prospect Arthur Mourgue, who has filled in Bee full-back when Tomkins has been absent, thankful for England’s advice international has given him.
“Sam’s influence is everything for me,” said Mourgue play this game the best I can do it and he is the good example.
He makes it right decisions nine times out of 10 and if he has a three on two, he normally picks the right one pass and he is a calming influence on the rest of the outside backs.
Joel Tomkins on brother sam
“He’s very open; in training he always gives advice and he is very smart. He sees play for everyone he sees the space.”
Tomkins, a triple grand final winner over are two spells with Wigan Warriors, was absent in last Thursday 28-10 win Bee home to Hull Kingston Rovers, which booked the Catalans place at Old Trafford, because of a knee injury but was optimistic of to be in shape in time to face Saint Helens on Saturday night.
For their part, the saints are preparing for all the possibilities as they offer for a third Grand Final triumph in a row and their No. 1 Lachlan Coote is well aware of the challenges they will be posed by Tomkins should he takes his place in the starting line-up as expected.
“He is” just An great footballer,” said Coote. “He’s instinctive, plays off the cuff and is a great runner of the ball also.
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“I think he’s a big threat for Catalans and is a big indication too. If we can keep him at bay, we’ll last a long time way to get the win.”
“We will definitely prepare for all scenarios. For the player that he is and for they will be in their first Grand Final, I can’t see him out.”
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