Tigers unfazed by Roosters' record

Tigers unfazed by Roosters' record

Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods knew the answer but was hoping he wasn't asked the question.

Sitting in 15th place on the Telstra Premiership ladder, it is desperate times for the joint venture who host the high-flying Sydney Roosters at Campbelltown on Sunday.

The only problem is, the Tricolours have an impeccable record against the Tigers that stretches back to when the club was first merged in 2000.

"I've only beaten them once since my debut and that was my first year playing [in 2011]," Woods said on Wednesday.

As it turns out, the departing Leichhardt junior has a good memory.

Only once have the Tigers beaten the Roosters in the last 13 clashes since 2010 – the winning margins in the last eight results a staggering 27 points or more in favour of the Bondi side.

"We just don't seem to play our best footy [against them] but it's a new year and there is a really good vibe amongst the boys to get back to Campbelltown," Woods said.

"We've got good records against other sides in the competition but that doesn't change the week of training or the way you prepare.

"I had a joke with Boyd Cordner in [NSW] camp about it and he said he still gets worried because they're just games you have to win."

‌Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco will take on his future club for the first time since announcing his signing with the Roosters from 2018, but Woods is confident the star custodian will be doing everything he can to ensure the home side gets over the line.

Woods was also keen for another strong performance after a 198-metre effort last week backing up from Origin I. 

"You want to win every game and obviously moving on at the end of the year I still want to put in 120 per cent to everything I do at the Tigers," Woods said.

"I was filthy we lost on the weekend and it doesn't change my mind because every game we lose I'm filthy.

"Teddy (Tedesco) goes out and gives 100 per cent every week and we're not worried about that until the end of the year."

Another intriguing factor heading into the clash on Sunday will be the return of former Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor – now an assistant to Trent Robinson at the Roosters.

Woods however wasn't keen to discuss his former mentor's return. 

"We're not going to buy into that but rather just play some footy," he said.

"Obviously things happened here with Jason but that's out of our control."

After missing the finals series by a point last season, Woods wants win more close games in the second half of the season before the top eight becomes out of reach at the backend of the year.

"It's frustrating that there has been a number of games this year where we've gone close but just haven't been able to put the nail in the coffin," Woods said.

"We were down 12-0 and the bounce of the ball didn't go our way but it was good to see the boys put an 80-minute performance in even though we didn't get the win.

"It just came down to how we handled ourselves in those important situations and in focus areas.

"In the past we would drop our heads when things wouldn't go our way and it was a roll-on effect."

Woods believes limiting NSW teammate Cordner will go a long way to causing an upset after the Blues captain crossed for the match-winning double against the Broncos. 

"He played 80 minutes in Origin and then backed it up with another full game against the Broncos," he said.

"He is the ultimate professional and one of the best leaders in the game at the moment."