Wigan Warriors 60-10 Leigh Centurions
Tomkins terrorises Centurions
Sam Tomkins was at his terrorising best as Wigan hammered local rivals Leigh 60-10 to advance to the fifth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup.
The Wigan full-back ran in four tries as the Warriors breached their Kingstone Press Championship opponents' line 11 times.
Wigan led 32-6 at the break after a 15-minute blitz at the start of the half saw them run in four of their six tries.
The Centurions may have looked out of the comfort zone in defence as the likes of Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin and Matty Smith carved them open, but in attack they were impressive and caused Wigan quite a number of problems with Rob Parker going over.
Tomkins ran in a first-half hat-trick as the full-back looked to be enjoying himself, while Pat Richards added two of his own with Josh Charnley also crossing.
After the break it was Richards and Charnley who both completed their hat-tricks as the Warriors ran in a further five tries to comfortably book their place in the next round.
Leigh got off to a great with a penalty for holding down moving them into Wigan's half and a great break from Ryan Brierley caught Wigan napping and he unfortunately slipped before Tomkins brought him down.
The visitors then received another set from a drop out as they put their Super League opponents on the back foot.
Wigan soon found their feet and O'Loughlin was held up over the line before Smith and Tomkins combined to send Charnley in for the opening try after five minutes.
Things got worse for the Centurions from the kick-off as they conceded a penalty with Wigan pegged near their line and then a slick passing move involving Tomkins and Iain Thornley sent Richards racing away and he showed some nifty footwork to step past Brierley to score.
There was a pattern occurring now as Wigan received their third penalty and then managed to run in their third try. This time it was Tomkins the recipient after Darrell Goulding broke through down the right. Richards again converted for a 16-0 lead.
Warriors ran in their fourth try in less than 15 minutes as Tomkins and Thornley again combined down the left to send Richards in for his second, he again converted for a 22-0 advantage and safe to say the game was now over as a contest.
Leigh got a rare occasion with the ball at the restart and following a penalty they managed to cross over through Parker with a fine bit of improvisation.
On the half-hour mark Tomkins caught the Leigh defence on the hop and raced round to score in the corner.
The full-back eventually completed his treble on the hooter as George Williams did well to break a tackle and offload to Jack Hughes before he sent Tomkins over.
The Warriors started the second half as they finished the first with another six points as Goulding breezed past his defenders before sending Charnley racing away for his second of the evening.
Richards completed his hat-trick a short time later soon made it a half-century as Tomkins went in for try number four.
Charnley showed some amazing feet to slip in at the corner for his hat-trick, while the biggest cheer of the night fell to Williams who collected an inside ball from Charnley to score on his debut.
O'Donnell had a try ruled out for Leigh for a forward pass and they would have been happy that kept the Warriors scoreless for over 20 minutes.
They scored the last points of the game as Brierley hacked on a loose ball to beat Tomkins to the ball to score.