Sam Tomkins has warned his Catalans Dragons team-mates they are not playing well enough to win the Grand Final despite leading Super League by four points.
Steve McNamara’s side have enjoyed another formidable season, inspired by England international Tomkins in his final season before retiring.
But despite extending their winning run to seven games in a row ahead of Saturday’s home game with struggling Huddersfield, the 34-year-old says he has been concerned at how his side have let big leads slip against both Leigh Leopards and Hull FC.
“We need to keep improving if we are going to go on and win it because I don’t think the way we are playing at the moment is going to be good enough,” he said.
“Teams do fear playing us now and we have earned that, but I don’t believe we are the best team in the comp by four points.
“If you look at the way we have played in recent weeks, we could have lost to Leigh and Hull so we are not buying into the fact that we are clear at the top.”
Sam Tomkins: We need to be more ruthless
Tomkins admits his final season as a player has flown by as he nurses his troublesome knee through the final months of his career.
And despite his demands for improvement he admits his side are very handily placed to mount a charge for Old Trafford.
“It’s a brilliant position to be in and exactly where we want to be,” he added.
“But we have built up big leads and given teams the opportunity to come back.
“Come the play-offs you won’t get a second opportunity in games if you let a lead go, we need to be more ruthless.”
After hosting Huddersfield this weekend the Dragons are back on the road for a mouth-watering clash with the defending champions St Helens in a repeat of the 2021 Grand Final won 12-10 by Saints.