Pain of 2015 still lingers for NSW
MANY are giving the Blues no chance to win Origin II at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night and it can be argued the scepticism is warranted.
New South Wales was hammered 52-6 in the decider in Brisbane last year and the team has not saved a series at the “Cauldron” since 1998.
The game is also expected to be a lot faster on a harder Suncorp Stadium surface compared to the slippery deck at ANZ Stadium in game one, in which Queensland prevailed 6-4 in a dour contest.
Many believe quick and skilful back-rowers Bryce Cartwright and Tyrone Peachey should have been unearthed for this series, but Blues coach Laurie Daley stuck with his big outfit from game one.
“That’s probably one of the best traits about Laurie – he’s a real loyal guy,” NSW prop Aaron Woods told Fox Sports.
“There are still a few blokes from game three last year but we can’t be worried about that.
“We’ve got to move on and bring our A-game on Wednesday night.”
Last year’s thrashing still burns Blues wrecking ball David Klemmer, who was playing his first Origin series.
“It’s something that’s in the memory bank and it still hurts thinking about it,” he said.
“We’re going to a place where 50,000 will be booing us and we’ve got to come together.
“We’re really excited for the challenge.”
Meanwhile, Blues debutant back-rower Tyson Frizell said he would be comfortable playing on the left edge off the bench for Daley’s team.
“I started my career on the left-hand side (for Cronulla). When I moved to the Dragons that’s when I started playing on the right side,” Frizell said.
“It’s not foreign territory and I’ve been playing a bit in the middle too. So I’d be pretty comfortable with that.”