Sims’ State of Origin ambitions

Tariq Sims is not shy about expressing his State of Origin ambitions and after building a reputation as one of the NRL’s most feared enforcers, he is doing his case no harm.

The St George Illawarra back-rower added to his highlight reel of bone crunching tackles during a starring performance in the Red V’s 16-12 NRL win over South Sydney.

Former NSW coach Phil Gould was effusive in his praise of Sims who left several Rabbitohs opposition players rattled during a dominant 75-minute performance.

Two weeks after engaging in an enthralling running battle with the Gold Coast’s Konrad Hurrell, Sims was at it again on Friday night.

He laid out Robert Jennings in the 56th minute before snapping Adam Reynolds and forcing him from the field for a concussion test in the final 10 minutes.

While Sims’ name hasn’t been mentioned in the State of Origin debate for several years, he has arguably found career-best form in 2018. And just like teammates Paul Vaughan and Jack de Belin, the 28-year-old declared himself ready to take the step up.