Campbelltown is set for an epic showdown between two of the game’s best prop forwards with Aaron Woods and James Tamou facing off in this weekend’s Phil Gilbert Motor Group Key Match-Up.
While the pair may be New South Wales teammates when State of Origin rolls around, both props will be doing all they can to get over their opposite number in what will be a bruising clash this Sunday afternoon.
Woods led the charge for Wests Tigers in last week’s impressive 34-18 victory over South Sydney, making 184 metres from 17 runs – the most by any forward on the park.
While much of the focus was on James Tedesco, Mitch Moses and Luke Brooks in the victory over the Rabbitohs, the inspirational skipper was easily one of the best on the park during an impressive 57-minute stint.
On the other hand, Tamou had a forgettable first outing in his new Penrith colours, with the mountain men going into the Round 1 match against the Dragons as heavy favourites – only to suffer a 42-10 defeat.
The former Cowboy enforcer managed to rack-up 80 metres and 30 tackles in a 46-minute stint, however it was no match for St George Illawarra as they ran in seven tries to two on Saturday night.
While both sides have a host of excitement machines in their respective backlines, it’s Woods and Tamou who need to lay the platform to give these players the attacking opportunities needed.
A host of other match-ups such as Tedesco v Matt Moylan, Moses v Te Maire Martin and Brooks v Nathan Cleary might be the more eye-catching clashes, however the Woods v Tamou battle could be the most crucial in this Western Sydney derby.