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Scott to stop Inglis in Origin league

By Wayne Heming 17/04/2010 02:42:25 PM Comments (0)

Representative centre Matt Cooper has declared Dragons' team-mate Beau Scott is the man to stop Queensland juggernaut Greg Inglis in this year's State of Origin series.

And Cooper urged Blues' selectors to take a gamble on a more mature Jamie Soward at five-eighth to help NSW avoid an embarrassing fifth straight series loss.

NSW-born Inglis hasn't been in great form for the Storm, but he always produces at Origin time.

"If NSW are looking for someone to stop (Greg) Inglis, then Beauie's (Scott) the man for sure," said Cooper who was damaging with the ball in the Dragons' 19-6 win over the Titans at Skilled Park on Friday night.

"Beauie has been playing unreal. He won't let anyone down if they give him a blue jumper, with his defence.

"If he's marking up on someone like GI (Inglis), he's shown in the past he can stop him."

Scott was solid against the Titans, making almost 100 metres in attack and completing 18 tackles.

Cooper said Soward was also "ready" for Origin after being considered for the interstate series last year.

"There was talk of Jamie playing last year, but he probably wasn't quite ready," said Cooper who made an impressive 146 metres and 19 tackles, including stopping giant Titans' youngster Joseph Tomane's head-on charges.

"I think (Soward's) ready this year.

"I've noticed over the last six months how he's matured and he would be a real asset for NSW.

"He could handle Origin now, without a doubt.

"He played well in the All Star game (February) and I think NSW need him."

St George-Illawarra, who have won five of their first six games to be on top of the NRL ladder, could dominate the NSW side if they keep on winning.

Apart from Cooper, they could have Soward, winger Brett Morris, Scott and forwards Michael Weyman and Ben Creagh chosen for NSW, as well as Neville Costigan selected for Queensland, giving them seven Origin representatives.

They offer NSW ready-made combinations, a formula Queensland have used with great success over the years.

"It's only a short week in Origin and it's a big bonus for either side if they can go into camp with some combinations," said Cooper.

"It's probably why Queensland have been so successful over the last four years, they've got so many combinations there.

"They go straight into camp, and from day one, everyone knows what they're doing, it's a big start."

Cooper said young Titan Tomane had impressed him again.

"He's a young fellow who's going to be a good footballer," said Cooper of the 100kg, 20 year-old.

"He went out there and wasn't too concerned about who he was playing. That's a great sign for that young boy's future.

"He's big, he's got good footwork and it looks like he's got a big heart too."

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