It wasn’t quite the famous grenade toss, but it will be just as memorable a State of Origin celebration.
NSW prop Aaron Woods sent social media into meltdown on Wednesday after he jumped, and badly missed, the team’s jubilant huddle of Michael Jennings’ game-winning try in their miracle win over Queensland.
Woods had a long run-up to join his teammates, but almost ended up comically faceplanting onto the ANZ Stadium turf before laying on his back and raising his arms in triumph alone.
“I’ve never jumped so high in my life,” Woods laughed.
“It was the air time that I got which gave (Josh Mansour) enough time to move out of the way. It was an awesome play though.
“The boys stayed calm, (Paul Gallen) hit `Jenko’ and the rest is history.”
The Wests Tigers captain admitted trying to avoid embarrassment by pretending as if nothing happened.
“I was trying to lay on the ground and put my arms up so hopefully nobody could see it, but there was about 60,000 people there who wouldn’t have missed it. It’s life, mate. You have to live with it,” he said.
Considered the leading contender to replace Gallen as NSW skipper next series, Woods was one of the Blues’ best, running for 144 metres off 18 carries – the most of any forward from either team.
But the 25-year-old was quick to deflect praise to his younger cohorts, including debutant clubmate James Tedesco, who ran for a game-high 232 metres from 23 runs.
His five tackle busts were also the most of any player on the night.
“I thought James Tedesco was outstanding on his debut. Teddy went to another level. He copped a lot off Greg Inglis there but he did well to fight his way back into the game,” Woods said.
What he wasn’t overly impressed with was how Tedesco was denied what would’ve been the game-winning try when he was run down by Cooper Cronk in the waning moments of the match.
“I was filthy he was cut down. I was riding him home like the straight down at Randwick but the boys summed up the game really well after that,” he said.