Andrew Fifita of the NSW Blues (top) tackles Josh McGuire of the Queensland Maroons during game one of the State of Origin series.
Andrew Fifita of the NSW Blues (top) tackles Josh McGuire of the Queensland Maroons during game one of the State of Origin series. DAN PELED

Points to prove: Blues adopt attack-minded approach

NSW coach Laurie Daley has admitted he is finally in charge of a team that is capable of winning an Origin series through their attack.

On the eve of Wednesday night's decisive clash, Daley conceded that in the past NSW had to defend their way to victory.

But brimming with strike power thanks to the likes of fullback James Tedesco, centre Jarryd Hayne and mobile big man Andrew Fifita, the Blues are more confident than ever they have wait it takes to out-point the Maroons on the scoreboard.

"I think we have the team that can score points, in the past I don't know whether we've had the team that can score a lot of points," Daley said.

"We've had to defend our way to victory but I think this team has got more points in them than the ones previously and I think for us our mind set is to attack."

Daley also said that despite talk this current team could help NSW usher in a new era of Blues Origin dominance, none of his troops were getting ahead of themselves after beating Queensland 28-4 in game one at Suncorp Stadium.

"It's something we have spoken about right at the end of game one and at the start of the camp. I haven't had to remind them," Daley said.

"All the indications are is they are in the right frame of mind. But they realise the challenge has been set and the challenge is to go out there and be better than we were in game one because Queensland definitely will be.

"You've got to be careful that our guys are in the right frame of mind without playing their game before they get there.

"I've seen it in the past where you get there on the night but you're completely flat. We can't be doing that. We've got to make sure that we've got the right amount of energy to go at 8.10 tomorrow night."

Queensland made wholesale changes for game two but Daley remained diplomatic on whether the tide had turned to the point that Kevin Walters' squad overhaul indicated that NSW was finally dictating terms on the Origin stage.

"I think they wanted to make some changes and made the changes they thought they needed to do and again we haven't thought a great deal about what Queensland are doing," he said.

"It's all been about us and what we need to do.

"Given the way our forwards played in game one that was an area Queensland thought they had to change and they've done that and picked the players we thought they would pick. They are a better defensive team through the middle."

News Corp Australia


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