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Dragons down Titans 19-6 on Gold Coast

By Wayne Heming 16/04/2010 10:51:40 PM Comments (0)

St George Illawarra coach Wayne Bennett heaped praise on Jamie Soward after the Dragons five-eighth produced his best game of the season in Friday night's 19-6 NRL win over Gold Coast at Skilled Park.

In a match marred by a knee injury to veteran Titans centre Mat Rogers, who will have scans on Saturday, Soward scored a try, kicked three goals and landed a late field goal to finish with 11 points.

Dragons fullback Darius Boyd was man of the match for the second week running but Soward's contribution impressed Bennett, who has noticed the improvement in his game this season.

"He has grown as a player," said Bennett after the Dragons gave hooker Luke Priddis reason to celebrate his 300th NRL game.

"There's a lot more maturity about him. His game has changed.

"Dean Young is playing in on the edges a little bit and Jamie has adjusted and his game.

"He's been building into his season, getting better with the ball and making better decisions and tonight was probably the best game he has played."

The Dragons led 6-0 at half time after centre Matt Cooper muscled his way over out of dummy half as the defence lined up on Ben Creagh thinking the big backrower was going down the short side.

Soward's try, off a superb pass from halfback Ben Horny, in 62nd minute showcased his amazing acceleration and swerve as he left both Greg Bird and fullback William Zillman grasping at thin air.

Rogers, who is having talks with the Titans about his future at the club, was carried from the field after Dragons five-eighth Jamie Soward fell across his leg in the 26th minute while diving for a loose ball.

Despite fears over a serious knee injury, Titans coach John Cartwright was optimistic about Rogers' immediate future after the game.

Asked if he saw his career flash before his eyes, Rogers said: "Yeah, I always think 'this is it, will this be the last game I ever play'.

"I tried to toe the ball out from underneath Jamie and I came down on the ball and heard a bit of a pop and there was a lot of pain there.

"They tell me that's a good thing is you can feel pain. If you don't feel the pain, it's not good.

"I'd love to shed more light on my (playing) future, but there's no more light, it's just about playing football each week, playing well and my future will take care of itself."

Cartwright said the effort was as good as it was against Melbourne last week when they came back to win in the second half.

"The penalty count went the other way and the bounce of the ball went against us this week," said Cartwright.

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