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   Jul 05

State of Origin: NSW prop Aaron Woods to put Queensland forward pack to the test

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NSW front-rower Aaron Woods says the Blues forward pack has little choice but to “go after” Queensland’s Matt Scott as Woods braces for a hostile reception in Brisbane.

Wood secured victory for the Blues in Origin II when he shrugged away from Scott to score a try in arguably his best performance for NSW. Now Woods, who made the most metres of any player in Origin II, has left little doubt on how the NSW side plan to combat a vengeful Scott and the rest of Queensland’s forward pack after discussions with fellow front-row partner James Tamou.

“You just need to get over the top of the other front rowers, that’s our job,” Woods said. “Myself and Jimmy [Tamou] talk about it. We’ve got to get the boys going forward and stop them coming through us so that’s what we talk about during the week.

“[Scott’s] an Australian front rower, he’s been around for the last few years playing there so he’s the number one top dog so we’ve got to go after him I suppose.”

Woods and fellow prop David Klemmer are expected to bear the brunt of hostilities – not just on the field come Wednesday night. The pair have again been inseparable during camp. The Blues firebrands are expecting a fierce reply from a Queensland side who were outgunned in game two.

Woods has taken a keener interest on Klemmer’s performances for the Bulldogs since the pair’s relationship blossomed in Origin.

“He is going really well,” Woods said. “Off the back of game two he played pretty well against Penrith and then the game against the Storm. He is playing with that much confidence. Hope he can bring that on Wednesday.

“The whole forward pack has a target on their head. Queensland is going to come after everybody not just Klem.

“On the field he’s ready to rumble, once he crosses that white line he’s ready to go but off the field he’s one of the best blokes you’d meet.  He has a laugh, he’s just a good bloke mate, good family man, he’s a champion dude.

“I watch a lot of footy anyway but specifically I watch a lot of him because he’s a good mate of mine now and I just hope he goes so well.”

Despite being part of the victorious Blues side and a Four Nations final last year, Wood’s has described Wednesday’s decider as the biggest match of his career. He said he was excited by the prospect of facing an antagonistic Queensland crowd.

“Where else would you want to play it?” Woods said. “It’s hard with the Tigers, we haven’t made the semis the last few years. It’s good to be in these sort of games. It’s going to be cool to run out to.

“[I expect to get] a lot of boos. They won’t like us. But we don’t really care. We’re not worried about them.

“We respect them off the field but as soon as you cross that line you have to go into battle. You can’t respect someone when you’re on the field, you have to go out and do your job for the team.”

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