Wigan Warriors forwards Liam Farrell and Kai Pearce-Paul produced impressive displays to help their side beat Warrington Wolves on Friday night.
Farrell got on the scoresheet to help Wigan beat Warrington 26-12 at the DW Stadium, with England international Pearce-Paul making a big impact when coming off the bench.
Catalans Dragons full-back Sam Tomkins, a guest pundit on Sky Sports for the Super League clash, praised the duo in his post-match analysis.
Tomkins spoke highly of his former Wigan team-mate Farrell, who he labelled as the ‘most consistent back-rower for a decade in Super League’.
“He’s the ultimate professional, looks after his body,” Tomkins said on Sky Sports after the game.
“He’s been the most consistent back-rower for a decade in Super League I believe.
“You know what you are going to get from him every single week and I imagine he’ll go for a few more years yet.”
Kai Pearce-Paul makes huge impact for Wigan Warriors
Pearce-Paul, who represented England in last year’s World Cup, made his return from a lengthy injury lay-off to make his 50th appearance for the Warriors.
“He changed the momentum of the game,” Tomkins said of Pearce-Paul.
“We saw a couple of his carries when he had three or four defenders trying to get him down and they just couldn’t do it.
“He is a massive, big, strong bloke but he’s athletic with the way he carries the ball in one hand.
“Even in the first half, some of the defence he was putting in – he was rattling people.
“I was he was on the field a little bit longer, had he been, I think he’d have got the man of the match.
“The little bit of what we saw today, he was really impressive and I’m excited to see what he can go on to do.”
Sky Sports pundit Phil Clarke added: “He’s got the ability. The fact he hasn’t played through injury means he looks fresh and looks keen. If he can stay on the field a little bit longer, he’s a massive threat that Wigan have.”