Several line dropout-takers in the NRL have taken the art to the next level in 2014, achieving unbelievable distance from underneath the posts. Gone are the days when anything beyond the 40-metre line was a handy effort – the likes of Wests Tigers kicking maestro Pat Richards and young Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt have pummelled the ball 70-plus metres during this season.
The Warriors’ British superstar Sam Tomkins submitted his own entry for dropout of the year against Gold Coast at Mt Smart last Sunday, landing the ball on the opposition 30-metre line late in the 42-0 drubbing.
Richards and Feldt are big, strapping units, but wiry fullback Tomkins is one of the NRL’s smallest players, so he gets Comm Box’s vote for body-size-to-dropout-length-ratio of 2014.
Though he’s had his share of shaky moments and is yet to truly produce the type of slashing performances that made him famous at Wigan, Tomkins has been one of the enigmatic Warriors’ best players.
He is beginning to live up to his exorbitant price-tag, scoring 13 tries – including seven in his last eight outings – and having a crucial hand in many more as his combination with Shaun Johnson and Konrad Hurrell continues to flourish.
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