The heat has been applied to Soward after the diminutive five-eighth reportedly missed more tackles than he made on Friday night against the Storm; the catalyst a massive missed tackle when Greg Inglis singled him out and knocked him flying back to score.
The news reports and fan feedback comes as a surprise, the NRL News team felt Soward was willing for the most part and his combination with Hornby simply needs more time to develop. Soward is a creative half with the advantage of goal kicking in his kit bag.
While the Dragons lost their opener, it certainly wasn’t a poor effort. They took the Storm all the way at Olympic Park and if any changes were to come, it seemed more likely the veteran Sailor could get a spell in the lower grades after a forgettable night. The Dargons winger had a horror night, but that may have been quickly erased when his final touch setup a long range try for his team.
But for Soward his embarrassing effort on Greg Inglis has put him under the spotlight, with stats confirming the Dragons pivot missed 8 tackles and only successfully pulled off 5 completed tackles.
Whether Soward remains a week to week target by opposition teams remains to be seen, coach Wayne Bennett could potentially employ a ‘minder’ such as Ben Creagh – something Tonie Carroll did for Lockyer at the Broncos.
Outspoken Rugby League personality Mark Geyer was one of the critics calling for Soward to be booted out of the side.
“Unfortunately for the Dragons they’ve got an achilles heel in the player who wears the No6Â – his name’s Jamie Soward,” Geyer said on on Triple M’s Dead Set Legends sports program.
“He’s going to be targeted every game … Greg Inglis walked over him like a speed hump.