Tigers props look to hit benchmark...

Tigers props look to hit benchmark

Thu 05 Mar, 2015, 6:17am
By Matt Encarnacion, Western Sydney Correspondent, NRL.com
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Aaron Woods says he needs to lift this season to match the output of Kangaroos props Matt Scott and James Tamou.

He was Australia’s No.1 enforcer during the Four Nations last year, but Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods says he and front row partner Keith Galloway need to up their games this season if they’re to match the NRL’s benchmark for big men.

In recent years, Woods said that he and Galloway had challenged themselves to reach the 100 metre mark each match – an output that the pair had put up more often than not.

But Woods said Cowboys pair Matt Scott and James Tamou had upped expectations for the modern day NRL front-rower, and it was up to them to go with the times.

“Talking Keithy to about it, we just wanted to do 100 metres a game, that was it really,” he said last week.

"[But] then as it went through the year, we wanted to test where the other props in the comp as well, and you got Matt Scott and James Tamou, they’re averaging 140.

“Keith and I challenge ourselves to see if we can get to that level. We don’t want to focus all on the metres, we also want to show that we can push up and do what’s best for the side.”

Galloway labelled Scott “arguably the best prop in the game” and said it was important to compare themselves to the competition’s elite big men.

“They’re definitely the benchmark forwards, they’re at the top,” he said. “Matty Scott’s arguably the best prop in the game. He’s obviously the benchmark for a lot of guys. You look at guys like that and what they’re doing and you try and get to those levels.”

At 29 years of age and entering his 13th season in the NRL, Galloway is the second-longest active servant at the club behind Robbie Farah.

After moving from Cronulla to Concord in 2006, he has been a staple of the side’s starting side – a position he admits will be under threat this year from the rise of Kiwi representative Martin Taupau.

“I can definitely feel the challenge. Marty’s an animal,” Galloway said. “He’s a different sort of athlete to myself. He’s a freak, he’s as strong as anything, and he’s quick. It’s healthy for the club. There’s some good depth here, so it’s exciting for this year.”

The Wests Tigers open their season against a battling Titans outfit at Cbus Stadium on Saturday night in what will be coach Jason Taylor’s first game in charge.

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The Grunt Up front is the key to a successful season……Drive for show putt for dough…

The main thing, all of our props have had a good pre-season and look fit and healthy. Galloway looks better than he has for a couple of years IMO.

Might as well play to our strengths, and prop is about the only position we have good depth in!

It’s great to hear that they are striving to be better! Go for it fellas!

And Woods runs for 190 meters in game 1. That is a step in the right direction.

All of our props made 100m+. That’s a great start to the season!

I was tired watching Woods. I could not believe the work rate and the domination that ensued.

I thought Galloway looked a different proposition to last year. More acceleration. Good yards after impact.

@Hbom:

I was tired watching Woods. I could not believe the work rate and the domination that ensued.

I thought Galloway looked a different proposition to last year. More acceleration. Good yards after impact.

Agree. Galloway’s leg drive was actually existent! Hopefully he continues like that for the rest of the season.

@Luke:

@Hbom:

I was tired watching Woods. I could not believe the work rate and the domination that ensued.

I thought Galloway looked a different proposition to last year. More acceleration. Good yards after impact.

Agree. Galloway’s leg drive was actually existent! Hopefully he continues like that for the rest of the season.

This is what can happen when players aren’t playing injured…!

i loved the woods,galloway,taupau start to the sets in the first half.
lodge was solid along with ava until injured.

potential is there to be our best group of props if they can all stay healthy.
with woods gone for origin there is enough depth to get through that period ok.
hopefully ava just had a stinger.

Teddy, Simona & Kev need to shadow these guys whenever they take a hit up, esp Marty.

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