If you ask Jamie Soward himself however, he distanced himself from the praise and accolades that he was receiving, given that in the past, the same thing has happened, but selectors have ignored him.
“That’s their opinion, my team-mates,” Soward said.
“Obviously it’s nice to be able to hear them talk about it but I’m not talking about it. I’m just playing footy and whatever happens, happens.
“I honestly don’t think about it at all, I can genuinely say that. I don’t go home and think about it or worry about it, it just doesn’t come into my mind.
“Why would I? They haven’t picked the team yet and they haven’t said you’re the man or anything.”
In some rather poor positions due to excessive rain at the Sydney Football Stadium, the Dragons were far too clinical, despite patches of resurgence from the Roosters.
Another Dragons player, Mark Gasnier, has also all but played his way into an Origin jersey, as he had a stellar all-round game, and helped the Dragons to their victory.
With Wayne Bennett being reserved on the matter, and careful in what he says, Dragons captain Ben Hornby believes that Soward is more than ready for Origin football.
“I think he’s ready,” Hornby said.
“I think he’s matured.”
The Dragons win also saw winger Josh Morris score his first try of the season, after 830 minutes of football, and he too highlighted Soward’s Origin credentials.
“I think he’s played the most consistent out of any of the players that are going around at the moment so if they’re going to go off that I think he’s the man,” said Morris.
“It’s been a long time since I scored one, so it’s good to finally get over and hopefully a couple more come now.”
Whilst they only played well at times, Roosters coach Brian Smith tried to stay as positive and up-beat as possible, given their loss.
“I think we were pretty close (to 100 per cent) but not in a couple of vital areas,” said an up-beat Roosters coach, Brian Smith.
“We didn’t convert all that physical pressure and territorial advantage, which is bloody hard to do against the Dragons.”
Dally M Points
3 Jamie Soward
2 Ben Creagh
1 Anthony Minichello