Tariq Sims hits way to Blues Origin jersey

Scott Bailey
Tariq Sims may be a step closer to an Origin call-up after a big outing against the Roosters

Tariq Sims shapes as the answer to NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler's hard-hitting problems.

So obvious is it that the Blues coach even let it slip himself during St George Illawarra's big Anzac Day victory over the Sydney Roosters.

The 28-year-old was immense in the 24-8 win, time and again shutting down the Tricolours' star-studded spine before popping up when it mattered in attack.

The only question about him during the competition's opening weeks was his lack of big-game experience, given he's played just the two finals matches in his career and a 2013 World Cup with Fiji.

But regular season occasions don't get much bigger than the Anzac Day clash in front of a record crowd for the fixture of 41,142.

And just as he did throughout the opening seven rounds, Sims delivered.

He twice laid out Cooper Cronk in attack. Both hits were legal but left the Roosters' No.7 rattled after he pounced and crunched.

That wasn't enough for him either.

Moments after the second hit, he ran onto a Gareth Widdop short ball and straight past the former Queensland No.7 for the Dragons to go up 18-2 early in the second half.

Sims wasn't alone but was by far the most destructive Saints forward.

Hunt also pushed his case as the heir to Cronk's Queensland halfback throne.

He got the Dragons going when he ran it on the last in the opening minute before he and Cameron McInnes put a kicking Widdop away for winger Nene Macdonald to score.

But when it was put to Fittler in Channel Nine's commentary how he'd find a way to stop Hunt come June's interstate series, the mentor had one answer.

"We'll sick Tariq onto him," he said.

Sims is unlikely to be alone as an Origin Dragon come game one in Melbourne.

Tyson Frizell is a settled incumbent in the back row, while McInnes was again a shining light on Wednesday. Jack de Belin can't be far from the discussion in the back row either.

Paul Vaughan was again powerful, averaging a tick under 10 metres per run as Saints continue to have the most direct and momentum-building attack of any team in the competition.

Euan Aitken is also an outside chance. He was solid against rival contender Latrell Mitchell, his only real impact on the Roosters' left edge coming when he scored from a kick chase.