Promising young prop Aaron Woods celebrated his birthday by registering a second-half try-scoring double for the Wests Tigers in their 28-18 win over the Panthers at Campbelltown Stadium in Round Two of this season.
The Panthers scored the first try of the match, but the Tigers scored the next three to take control. The Panthers refused to lie down and kept trying hard, but found the task of overhauling their opponents too hard on the road.
Woods, who had turned 22 just four days earlier, crossed in the 46th and 64th minutes. He ran the ball 20 times on the day for 144 metres, and also made two line-breaks, two offloads and 27 tackles in a tremendous, all-round display.
Young Tigers halfback Jacob Miller was also in great form before being forced off with an ankle injury midway through the second half.
Another Tigers youngster – winger Marika Koroibete – had a colossal day out, making 223 metres as well as one line-break and one offload, and scoring a try.
But the win came at a huge cost for the Tigers, with representative prop Keith Galloway suffering a pectoral muscle tear that is still keeping him out of action now.