BLUES prop Aaron Woods admits he'll pay close attention to State of Origin video re-runs of the Maroons' forward pack in camp in Coffs Harbour this week.
Woods, who has carried the West Tigers forward in the club's major NRL form reversal in 2014, says he's pumped to be named for the first time to start in Origin I alongside Robbie Farah and James Tamou.
In the lead-up to the match in Brisbane, he will cast a special eye over the games of Queensland props Matt Scott and Nate Myles and he says his instructions from coach Laurie Daley are simple.
"He just wants us to go forward and keep punching through the middle and let no one come through us, that's pretty much it," Woods said. "Ours is the easiest role but the hardest to come off."
Woods admits that as a player you can learn as much from your opponents as your teammates.
"I'll go and watch the tape on Myles and Scott and watch the way they play, where they run drift overs and unders," he said.
"I've just got to watch the tape and see what's going to come at us."
Speaking about his preparation for next Wednesday night, Woods says he feels more relaxed in the sky blue this season.
"I'm a lot more confident I suppose; a bit more experienced," he said.
"I bought into the week a bit too much last year and just worried about the little things and didn't worry about myself.
"I spent a lot of energy that wasn't needed on the game, to be honest, with you . . . that won't happen this time."
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