Woods expecting Maroons backlash


That’s what NSW prop and hardman Aaron Woods is expecting from the Queensland’s forwards after they were outplayed by the Blues big men in Game II.

Woods’ go-ahead try and David Klemmer’s breakout performance were the lasting images of NSW levelling the State of Origin series with a 26-18 victory in Melbourne.

Woods believes his 21-year-old teammate, after his verbal stoush with Maroons veteran Corey Parker late in Game II, will no doubt be met with a warm reception at a volatile Suncorp Stadium.

But Woods promised Klemmer won’t be the only one being hunted.

“They can’t really target him because he’s on the bench so it’s going to be tough for them,” Woods told AAP.

“They’re going to be hunting everybody.

“There’s a lot of talk about our pack being good so they’ve got a bit of a point to prove.

“(But) we’re going to go out hunting as well, don’t you worry about that.”

Klemmer, who also played for the Kangaroos in last year’s Four Nations, backed up his bark with plenty of bite in his carries, almost cracking the 100-metre mark in just 24 minutes at the MCG.

Parker ordered the young buck to show some respect during Klemmer’s limited minutes on the field, to which the Bulldogs firebrand replied with some choice words.

Woods insists Klemmer can make a similar impact in Brisbane but cause even more damage.

“I didn’t really hear what was said between them. I wasn’t on the field,” Woods said.

“It was just one of those things – whatever happens on the field stays on the field.

“Corey can say whatever he wants on the field.

“But Klem’s doing really good. It was only his second Origin and he’s learning each time.

“He’s built for Origin. He’s just a big, tough angry man.”

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