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Sam Tomkins of the Warriors scores a try. Round 18 NRL Telstra Premiership game, Vodafone Warriors v Parramatta Eels, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 12th July 2014. Photo:

Vodafone Warriors fullback Sam Tomkins made a huge contribution in his first season in the NRL.

The England custodian either topped or was very close to the best in a number of the Vodafone Warriors’ key statistical categories on attack.

In the try-scoring charts he was second with 13 behind Manu Vatuvei (17); among frontline NRL fullbacks, Tomkins was third behind Jarryd Hayne (20) and Anthony Minichiello (17).

Appearing in all 24 matches, he played 1888 minutes of a possible 1920 missing just the last 32 minutes of the 54-18 win against the Raiders in Canberra.

He was top for most try assists with 12 ahead of Shaun Johnson with 11 and he had the most line break assists as well with 14 (Johnson had 13). He also topped the tackle breaks count with 100, Konrad Hurrell next best with 76.

Tomkins made a total of 2636 metres, third behind Vatuvei (3435) and Jacob Lillyman (2927); he averaged 110 metres which ranked him fifth behind Vatuvei (149), Ngani Laumape (134), Lillyman (122) and Hurrell (118). He had the most runs (327) while he ranked third for most line breaks with 11.

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