Woods prepares for biggest game of career
NSW VB Blues prop Aaron Woods says Wednesday's Holden State of Origin series decider is the biggest game of his young career – despite having played in an Origin series win and a Four Nations final.
The July 8 Suncorp Stadium clash is building into one of the most anticipated Origin matches of all time and is set to seal the biggest Origin series attendance ever as the Blues look to prove last year's drought-breaking series win is not a fluke, and Queensland look to restore their dominance.
Woods said he was glad the decider was being played in Brisbane, despite knowing his team would go in hated by the locals but boosted by having won last year's series opener at the same venue.
"Where else would you want to play it?" Woods asked.
"It's hard with the Tigers [to think about big games], we haven't made the semis the last few years. It's good to be in these sort of games. It's going to be cool to run out.
"Laurie [Blues coach Laurie Daley] has given us a role and we just have to practice it. You can't have one good game and go missing the next game.
"'Loz' has given us a role at the start of the week. We have to train really hard to produce it on Wednesday."
Woods' expectations for Wednesday night from the crowd amount to "a lot of boos".
"They won't like us, but we don't really care. We're not worried about them."
Woods was more concerned about the 17 men in maroon who would be opposing his side come Wednesday night, adding he and fellow Blues bookends James Tamou and David Klemmer would be looking to get one over on the Queensland props.
"They've got a lot [of good forwards] mate, Matt Scott's the go-forward, Nate Myles with his offloads and Corey Parker's got a really good late offload. Each one of their forwards brings something different to the team so you've got to stop the whole pack, not just one player," Woods said.
"You just to get over the top of the other front rowers, that's our job, myself and Jimmy [Tamou] talk about it. We've got to get the boys going forward and stop them coming through us so that's what we talk about during the week.
Scott is an Australian front rower, and the "number one top" meaning the Blues have to go after him, Woods added.
Woods also welcomed the chance to go into the decider with an unchanged team, injury to hooker Robbie Farah pending.
"It's pretty good because you can get combinations, you know how each other plays and no-one's new in there and waiting for their role. Whereas we all know what we've got to do and the one job we've got in front of us so it makes it a lot easier," he said.