NSW Blues five-eighth James Maloney has declared the series decider will be determined by the Blues' own performance.
The premiership winning five-eighth has been instrumental in helping NSW to a 1-all series so far, but is confident of heading into enemy territory and getting the job done at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.
“Come Wednesday we’ll decide the game. If we win it will be because of what we did and if we lost it will be because of what we did,” Maloney, who spend some of his junior football days playing with St Joseph’s Sheahan while his dad Brian captain-coached CYMS, said.
After a dominant performance in Origin I, Maloney says the Blues’ 18-16 loss in Game II was certainly a “missed opportunity” but is confident they can put it together.
Really, they have to.
And with the likes of Greg Inglis, Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and Darius Boyd all missing from the Maroons’ line-up, there’s no excuses for Laurie Daley’s outfit as the NSW side searches for its second series win since 2005.
The last? That was in 2014.
“I reckon if we play our best football we’ll still come out on top,” Maloney predicted.
“I felt that in Game Two and it was us who let them back in it and let it slip, so hopefully we don’t let that happen.”
NSW is expecting skipper Boyd Cordner to be fit to play, the Sydney Roosters backrower has been battling fitness leading into the series decider.