Solving the Soward myth

Solid: Jamie Soward’s defence has been a positive rather this year. Picture: Chris LaneJAMIE SOWARD that tackle where Greg Inglis steamrolled Soward in the opening game of the 2009 season.
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But plenty has changed since then.

‘‘Everyone is going to pick on me because of my defence and I’ve been pushed off a couple of times,’’ Soward said.

‘‘I’m not the biggest bloke on the field but I’ve showed in recent years that I can throw my body in there.

‘‘Sometimes I’m going to get bumped off but most of the time I’m making my tackles.’’

Soward said he had been aided by coach Steve Price shifting him from the right to the left side of the field.

And he has overcome a niggling hamstring injury that crippled his speed last year.

‘‘I’ve trimmed down a little bit and I can move freely,’’ Soward said.

‘‘Every off-season I’m one of the guys that gets put into the extra tackling group.

‘‘I’m not the most talented person on the field but I’m the guy that has a go.’’

His clash with Cronulla’s No.6 looms as pivotal for both the Dragons’ chances on Saturday night and retaining his NSW jersey.

Despite having played all three games in his debut interstate series last year, Soward would not be drawn on debating his Origin merits.

But he did not question Carney’s talent.

‘‘I don’t have to talk about Origin or how good I am,’’ Soward said.

‘‘I just want to play. We all know Todd is a good player and he has been playing well for them.

‘‘When you play a guy like Todd you’ve got to compete and hang in there.

‘‘He’s a bit like Benji Marshall in that when he touches the ball you need to be switched on.’’

Soward described two poor performances against Canterbury and Brisbane as ‘‘not good’’ but looked to the Dragons second half effort against the Broncos as a benchmark.

‘‘We made error after error,’’ Soward said.

‘‘You can’t afford to back up an error with another one.

‘‘We’ve had a look at the video but it’s one of those things that you look at it and move on.’’

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