Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor believes the form of Aaron Woods is good enough to make him a mainstay of the Australia forward pack.
Woods looks set to be named in the Kangaroos side that will play New Zealand next Friday in Brisbane having debuted in last year’s Four Nations tournament.
The 24-year-old prop was outstanding in his side’s 38-14 win over Canterbury on Friday clocking up 207 metres from 20 carries against one of the most physical packs in the NRL.
Taylor said he was delighted with the response he received from Woods after the NSW star admitted he hadn’t been good enough in defence during last week’s embarrassing 30-22 defeat by Canberra which saw the Tigers give up a 22-0 lead.
“He has been great this season, I was really impressed with his efforts in defence tonight,” Taylor said.
“He stands out every week with what he does with ball in hand … he’s as good as anyone.
“But last week he’ll be the first to tell you that he wasn’t at his best.
“Some of the defensive stuff he did against the Bulldogs was enormous and I was very happy with him.”
Taylor said the character shown by his side to get the morale-sapping loss to the Raiders out their systems and back up against last year’s grand finalists to win so comfortably was a huge effort.
“The game last week wasn’t one where we played well for 25 minutes and then lost a game we should have won,” he said.
“We played well in attack for 25 minutes but defended poorly for 80 minutes. We were always going to lose that game because we didn’t defend well enough.
“It was the same in New Zealand the week before and we had to respond to that loss and we did that.”