Woods in Test doubt

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - TIGERS SHARKS STEVE ZEMEK

THE Wests Tigers have had salt poured into their wounds af­ter skip­per Aaron Woods suf­fered a wor­ry­ing groin in­jury in their 22-16 NRL loss to Cronulla last night.

The Tigers were brave af­ter be­ing forced to play with­out their two best play­ers Woods and James Tedesco for most of the match in front of 13,405 at Le­ich­hardt Oval.

It took a 69th minute try to Sharks No.7 Chad Townsend, who chipped and chased for him­self, to close out the game for the pre­miers.

The Tigers skip­per looked dis­traught in the sheds and it puts his po­si­tion in the Aus­tralian side for Fri­day’s Test against New Zealand in doubt.

Woods was helped off the field with a groin in­jury in the 25th minute af­ter hav­ing his legs pulled in a tackle. He is ex­pected to an­nounce to­day he has signed a four-year deal with Canterbury and for the sec­ond straight week was booed by his own club’s fans as he was an­nounced pre-game.

He was also the sub­ject of a “Woods is a Dog” ban­ner on the hill. Sharks five-eighth James Maloney is also fac­ing a ner­vous wait to see if he will be in the Aus­tralian squad in Can­berra af­ter he col­lected Tedesco high just be­fore the break, with the in­ci­dent to come un­der the scru­tiny of the match re­view com­mit­tee.

The Tigers full­back was taken off for a con­cus­sion test as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent and did not re­turn af­ter the re­sump­tion.

Luke Brooks had one of his best games in a Tigers jumper but their in­jury woes took their toll and the Sharks even­tu­ally got home, de­spite be­ing or­di­nary at times, mak­ing 14 er­rors and com­plet­ing only 17 of their 30 sets.

Ex-Canterbury for­ward Tony Wil­liams had a successful out­ing in his Cronulla de­but, storm­ing over for the side’s open­ing try.

Pic­ture: GETTY

Ava­galu Seu­man­ufa­gai of the Tigers is tack­led dur­ing the Round 9 NRL match against the Cronulla Sharks at Le­ich­hardt Oval last night, in which Test prop Aaron Woods was in­jured

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