VB Blues prop Aaron Woods has praised the fresh, exciting brand of football played by him and his NSW teammates in the side’s Game I win over the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium last Wednesday (31 May).
Contrasting the style to that played by Daley’s men in years bygone, Woods says more offloads and a willingness to attack from any part of the field held the VB Blues in good stead throughout their win in Brisbane.
“A lot of the times, NSW when we’ve played, we’ve tucked the ball under the wing and forgot about ‘playing footy,” Woods tells Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast.
“Laurie [Daley] encouraged us [to attack], but also to not get too disheartened or not to be hard on ourselves [if errors came from it].
“In the past, offloads may have led to errors and we may have dropped our heads … but that was a part of the game plan, to play some footy.”
Showing no signs of injury or ill-effects after a dominant showing in the Origin arena, Woods returned to club football with the Wests Tigers in Round 13 – his work-rate high albeit turning out in the NRL clash less than 72-hours after playing for NSW.
“Laurie says if you want to be a good Origin player, you’ve got to be a good player when backing up,” he says.
“He’s shown a lot of faith in the guys, we’ve got to repay Laurie the faith he’s shown us.”
Click here to listen to the full interview with Aaron Woods, playing courtesy of Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast.