Woods, Galloway deserve NSW spots: Sheens

Woods, Galloway deserve NSW spots: Sheens
James MacSmith
June 1, 2012 - 6:04PM

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The public spat over Robbie Farah hasn’t prevented Wests Tigers’ coach Tim Sheens again handing NSW counterpart Ricky Stuart selection advice as he implored the Blues to give in-form NRL props Aaron Woods and Keith Galloway a start in State of Origin II.

Sheens, who became embroiled in a spirited selection debate with Stuart over hooker Farah’s prospects before the Origin opener, has thrown his support behind Tigers’ duo Woods and Galloway, as NSW selectors again seek a forward pack capable of delivering Origin success.

“If NSW are looking for three props, they were on show at Campbelltown last weekend. Young (James) Tamou and my two boys - they would not let NSW down,” the former Blues’ coach said on Friday.

"All three are in very good form, they are big men and they are playing long minutes. They are all starting players - they are not coming off the bench to play.

“I’m pretty happy with my two and, last weekend, I thought they (Woods, Galloway and Tamou) were the three standouts in respect to the props on the day. I thought they overshadowed young (Matt) Scott. All three had very good games and I don’t think you could go wrong with picking all three blokes.”

Tamou’s name is certain to be read out when the NSW side is announced on Sunday night and, barring a radical selection rethink, Blues’ captain Paul Gallen will play alongside him in the front row.

However, injury and underwhelming performances in the Blues’ May 23 loss in the opening Origin game in Melbourne have left the bench spots wide open for the second game in Sydney on June 13.

Tony Williams will miss the second game due to a back injury. His spot is expected to be filled by Sea Eagles’ teammate Anthony Watmough, but the other three bench spots are up for grabs after Jamie Buhrer, Ben Creagh and Trent Merrin all failed to impress.

Woods is yet to play Origin, while Galloway’s sole Origin experience came off the bench for NSW in their 34-24 loss in the deciding game in Brisbane last year.

Woods and Galloway have been key figures in the Tigers’ charge up the NRL ladder on the back of five successive wins and their selection could allow Stuart the versatility of moving Gallen into the backrow during the crucial second match.

Farah, who cemented his place in the NSW line-up with a strong effort in Melbourne, said the duo would not be out of place in a Blues’ jersey.

“They have been doing an outstanding job for us at the Tigers,” Farah said.

"(They) definitely have a chance. I have been praising those two. They are a major reason why we have been going so well and why my form has been better.

“The foundation they have been laying for our team, for myself and Benji (Marshall) has been outstanding. They are up there with the form front-rowers of the competition and there is no reason why they wouldn’t come into consideration.”

Can’t see both Keefy and Woods getting picked for Game 2

The big question is who do they pick ??

Two weeks ago I would of gone Woods . Now I’m sitting on the fence .

Despite the Stats I thought Keefy just edged Woods last week

I think at least one of them will be picked, Mateo will get a callup, watmough there…… One more spot… Hmmmm


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Teammates to fight it out for one Blues jersey
June 2, 2012


WESTS TIGERS props Aaron Woods and Keith Galloway will be vying for a place on the NSW interchange bench when they play the Raiders at Canberra Stadium tonight.

Besides replacing injured strike forward Tony Williams, Blues coach Ricky Stuart is expected to alter his bench by doing away with utility Jamie Buhrer after the Manly rookie played just seven minutes of Origin I.

With Williams ruled out out for up to eight weeks by a back injury, Stuart is set to add a prop to his bench rather than replace the Sea Eagles star with another back-rower. Stuart is understood to have ruled out choosing two extra interchange props if he drops Buhrer - meaning there would only be room for either Woods or Galloway.

Penrith prop Tim Grant is also believed to be under consideration but the fact the Panthers have a bye may count against him as he has not played much football this season.

Stuart is expected to stick closely to the team that was beaten 18-10 in Origin I when he and NSWRL chairman John Chalk announce the side at 5pm tomorrow, with Buhrer his main selection headache.

Tigers captain Robbie Farah proved in Origin I he could play 80 minutes at hooker and if he needs to be rested Stuart would have either Glenn Stewart or one of his halves Mitchell Pearce and Todd Carney to deputise at dummy half. The only worry would be an injury to Farah early on but Queensland coach Mal Meninga did not have a back-up for Cameron Smith in Origin I.

Dragons prop Trent Merrin and second-rower Ben Creagh are expected to retain their places on the interchange bench, with the latter again playing a front-rower’s role.

The presence of another front-rower on the bench would allow starting props Paul Gallen and James Tamou to play wider later in the match - an option not available to Stuart in Origin I.

After being 18th man in Melbourne, Woods is viewed as the favourite to win his Origin debut but size and experience may give Galloway the nod. The Tigers prop played in the deciding match of last year’s series and was a member of the Australian team that won the end-of-season Four Nations tournament in England. Grant and Canberra’s Tom Learoyd-Lahrs are other possibilities.

Manly second-rower Anthony Watmough, Warriors back-rower Feleti Mateo and Melbourne’s Ryan Hoffman have been mentioned as possible replacements for Buhrer. However, despite playing for the Kangaroos in last year’s Four Nations and the April 20 Test against New Zealand, Watmough again appears to be out of favour for representative selection.

Stuart won’t settle on a side until learning how the seven players involved in matches last night - Brett and Glenn Stewart, Buhrer, Creagh, Merrin, Tamou and Greg Bird - fared with injury. The Maroons team will be announced on Monday but is expected to be the same unless there are injuries at the weekend.

Likely NSW team: Brett Stewart, Jarryd Hayne, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, Akuila Uate, Todd Carney, Mitchell Pearce, Paul Gallen ©, Robbie Farah, James Tamou, Glenn Stewart, Luke Lewis, Greg Bird. Res: Anthony Watmough, Ben Creagh, Trent Merrin, Keith Galloway.

I hope we have spare props that can make 150+ meters per game x2 if their both selected…

As neither plays for Manly, I suspect their chances are slimmer.

If Woods is not picked, considering his form, 18th man selection in game one and the injuries, well then ‘Immortal’ Fulton, Stuart, and any other goon in the NSW selection ‘team’ needs to go and smash their own face in.

I suspect a bolter in Lussick, Brent Kite or some other Manly polesmoker that we have never heard of to get the call up.

Stopped at pheasants nest truckstop on the way to Canberra and Ricky Stuart pulled up next to us. Hope he’s on his way to give Woodsy and KG some good news!


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@Swordy:

As neither plays for Manly, I suspect their chances are slimmer.

If Woods is not picked, considering his form, 18th man selection in game one and the injuries, well then ‘Immortal’ Fulton, Stuart, and any other goon in the NSW selection ‘team’ needs to go and smash their own face in.

I suspect a bolter in Lussick, Brent Kite or some other Manly polesmoker that we have never heard of to get the call up.

Waah wahh yeh this attitude gets right up my nose…oh poor us.
Tell your story to Watmough…he’s from manly, was he picked last start??

here we go again……

Buhrer is a perfect example of a Fulton selection, Josh Perry, King, Kite, David Williams….its a rich history of nepotism.

Watmough missing out in G1 doesn’t change that.

Gibbs should be picked I think


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@Gold Eye:

Gibbs should be picked I think


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Yeah right. As good as Gibbs is, Woods and Galloway are in better form at the moment and are ahead if him in the pecking order.

@LaT:

Buhrer is a perfect example of a Fulton selection, Josh Perry, King, Kite, David Williams….its a rich history of nepotism.

Watmough missing out in G1 doesn’t change that.

Creagh, Soward, Morris, Merrin, Young Mannah Scott Idris ENNIS Poore McManus et etc etc

None of which invalidates any of what I said.

I still can’t believe that Creagh will retain his place! I’m sorry to keep harping on this, but it’s really giving me the sh!ts. The guy has done NOTHING in Origin, yet he walks straight into the team every time :brick:

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