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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

COFFS HARBOUR, NSW - Desperate to end eight years of heartache, wary NSW are refusing to be lulled into any false sense of security as they close in on a breakthrough State of Origin series victory.

One-nil up, the Blues completed another perfect preparation at their Coffs Harbour hideaway on Sunday before flying back to Sydney optimistic about wrapping up the series in game two tomorrow night.

Origin I man-of-the-match Jarryd Hayne (cork), skipper Paul Gallen (neck) and fellow forwards Luke Lewis (knee) and Anthony Watmough (biceps) all trained strongly during the side's final team run to leave the Blues full of hope.

"We've got to be confident," Watmough said.

"We just have to turn up with the right mentality and do our job. If we do our job, we'll go a long way to winning."

NSW's build-up has been a dream compared to injury-hit Queensland's.

The Blues, though, aren't falling for the Maroons' sob stories and fully expect superstar backs Billy Slater (shoulder), Greg Inglis (ankle) and Daly Cherry-Evans (knee) all to play at ANZ Stadium.

"It's the same team as we played against last time, bar Corey Parker, who unfortunately got injured," Watmough said.

"We know they're going to be a lot better, so we know we've got to be a lot better and we're not getting complacent."

Six-times series loser Greg Bird said the Blues had been burnt too many times before by the champion Queenslanders.

"They do it every year and I'm sure they're trying to lull us into a false sense of security that we're going to come up against a team that's a bit under the weather," he said.





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