Aaron Woods vs Sam Thaiday


In a match-up that could be a preview of this years State of Origin series, front-rowers Aaron Woods and Sam Thaiday will go head to head in this Saturday nights blockbuster at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.


Woods has impressed in the opening six rounds after overcoming a minor knee injury sustained during the pre-season. After being ruled out of Sundays City vs Country game, the Leichhardt junior will be looking to make a big impact in the lead up to the first Origin on June 5.


On the other hand, Thaiday is almost certain to be chosen for Queenslands campaign after representing his state 17 times. The Brisbane captain will be determined to lead his side to their third consecutive win with another solid performance.


Adam Blair vs Corey Parker


These two experienced campaigners will play key roles in the outcome of this Saturdays game, with the representative forwards being vital in both attack and defence.


Adam Blair has been one of the top performers in the Wests Tigers pack in 2013 and was a surprise omission from the New Zealand side that went down to Australia last week. The bustling back-rower played his 150th first grade match against the Dragons in Round 6 and is one of the senior members in a young but talented forward pack.


Corey Parker will be pushing his claim for a Queensland jersey again this year, after playing eight Origin games since his debut in 2004. The 31-year-old has been a key member of an experienced Brisbane pack over the past decade and will no doubt be watched closely by the Wests Tigers defenders.


Liam Fulton vs Matt Gillett


Two workhorse back-rowers will go up against each other this Saturday in a game that is shaping up to be a battle of the forwards. Both Liam Fulton and Matt Gillett are renowned for their heavy workload in defence, whilst also providing quality options in attack.


While Fulton may be known for his larrikin behavior off the field, there is no questioning his work-rate on the field, racking up enormous tackle counts week-in week-out. The ball-playingutility also provides useful options in attack, highlighted last year with his stint at five-eighth.


Gillett is yet another Broncos representative forward, after making his State of Origin debut in last years series. The hard-working forward will be looking to cement his spot in the successful Queensland side and add to his already impressive form in this Saturdays clash at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.


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