Winner Woods inspires Tigers
IVAN Cleary labelled the performance of his skipper Aaron Woods “outstanding” after the big prop put the State of Origin decider out of his mind to help the Wests Tigers snap a sevenmatch losing streak.
On a perfect Sunday afternoon, a crowd of 19,531 turned up to see what had been billed as the battle for the wooden spoon.
But while the locals were there to cheer for the Knights, it was the barnstorming performance of Woods that lifted the Tigers to an impressive 33- 12 victory.
Woods led from the front and on the back of his go- forward Luke Brooks and Tui Lolohea seized control in the six tries to two victory.
The Tigers charged to a 20- 0 by halftime with Woods running for 102m before the break, while he finished with 161m which was by far the most of any forward.
He also set up a couple of terrific raids with some clever offloads including one in the final minutes that ended with Brooks putting to bed a win that was long overdue.
Asked about Woods’ performance, Cleary responded: “Outstanding.
“It is such a big game coming up in Queensland in a couple of weeks.
“But Woodsie all week, it just showed that this game was really important to him. And that came out in his training and basically his general demeanour and that was a huge lift for us.”