Win­ner Woods in­spires Tigers

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PAUL CRAW­LEY TIGERS KNIGHTS WESTS 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.”

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