Aaron Woods takes the ball up against the St George-Illawarra Dragons at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Picture: Anna Warr.LOCAL James Tedesco has been showered in praise following a sublime and game-changing first 20 minutes against the St George-Illawarra Dragons on Monday night.
And rightly so.
But there was one player’s performance who, in more ways than one, stood out from the pack.
Aaron Woods’ 237 metres from 25 runs was an effort that any prop would boast about on their resume.
While Tedesco’s performance — one try, two try assists, four tackle breaks, two offloads, one line break and two line break assists — stole the headlines, you can rest assured that Woods’ ability to dominate in the middle did not go unnoticed by opposition teams.
Commentators and pessimists have been quick to point out that the Wests Tigers’ two wins have come against mediocre teams with the Dragons and Gold Coast Titans.
Those naysayers are also quick to churn out the line “the real test will be against Souths Sydney this Sunday”.
Sure, Souths are a different proposition.
The praise that has been heaped on the boys from Redfern has come from all corners.
Great young halves, the best fullback in the game and an intimidating forward pack.
But what about Wests Tigers?
While Greg Inglis may be one of, if not, the best fullback in the game, James Tedesco has proved he is no slouch.
Souths halves Luke Keary and Adam Reynolds have excelled in the first two rounds.
However, Wests Tigers possess one of the most highly rated six and seven pairing in the competition in Luke Brooks and Mitch Moses.
Then the there’s the forward pack.
Against the Sydney Roosters Souths’ starting props George Burgess and David Tyrrell combined, ran for one more metre than Aaron Woods’ did on his own against the Dragons.
Do yourself a favour, tip the Tigers to beat Souths this Sunday.
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