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Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods is confident the heavy focus on defence during the pre-season will bring rewards later in the year.

The City Origin rep prop says new Head Coach Mick Potter had spent a lot of time working on the teams defensive structure.

There have been some pretty long and tough sessions which have been good. Hopefully it will pay off when it counts, Woods said.

We did a massive amount of defensive work before we even touched a ball at training.

There will always be a bit of flair when you have got blokes like Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah in your side. Mick hasnt stopped us from playing footy but we are just focusing more on defence.

We want to be known as a team where the opposition knows they are in for a tough game instead of thinking we will go through their forwards as they are a bit weak.

We have really knuckled down in the pre-season and want to work hard on our defence throughout the season.

If we focus more on our defence, the attack will come.

Woods has been working hard in rehab following a knee operation last week.

Im still looking at returning in round 2 or 3. If round 1 comes, it is a bonus, he said.

Woods also said the experience of new recruit Braith Anasta has been invaluable.

Braith is good to have around at the Club. When you are doing drills, you dont realise until you finish how much he talks, he said.

It is unbelievable. It is something we have been lacking and his experience is vital for us.

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