Thomas Leuluai says he and Sam Tomkins have been throwing in some plays from their Wigan days as the Warriors prepare to face the Wests Tigers.
Warriors utility Thomas Leuluai is looking to recreate some old tricks when he finally gets to resume his Wigan combination with England star Sam Tomkins against Wests Tigers this week.
While fullback Tomkins has played every minute of his debut NRL season, Leuluai has been held back as he recovers from a groin problem.
The wait is set to end for the 28-year-old Kiwis five eighth when he comes off the bench against the Wests Tigers in Wellington on Saturday.
Before Leuluai returned to the NRL last season, he and Tomkins spent five years together at Wigan.
In training this week, they’ve been running some moves from their days at the glamour English club.
“We see things we would like to do and sort of chuck in a few old plays we used to have,” Leuluai said.
“He’s a special talent and I’m looking forward to playing alongside him.”
Leuluai believes Tomkins has adjusted well to the demands of the NRL in the first three rounds, during which the Warriors have come away with one win – against North Queensland last weekend.
“Obviously we haven’t performed well as a team, but he’s shown some great glimpses,” he said.
“He’s done a lot of things people don’t see. He saved two tries at the weekend and if you watch the whole set and count the number of plays he was involved in – it was pretty big.”
Leuluai was on the field throughout all 24 of the Warriors’ matches last season.
He followed up by being part of the Kiwis’ World Cup defence, but his game time was restricted to a matter of minutes against Papua New Guinea before he aggravated a groin injury originally picked up in pre-tournament training.
Against the Tigers, he expects to be used both in the halves and at hooker.
“It’s been a long wait,” he said.
“It was a bit of a tough off-season for me trying to get back right, so I’m very excited.”