Gallen's Origin warning to Blues

 Blues skipper Paul Gallen breaks the defence of Queensland's Nate Myles in Origin 1 on May 28, at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Blues skipper Paul Gallen breaks the defence of Queensland's Nate Myles in Origin 1 on May 28, at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Picture: GETTY IMAGES


Blues skipper Paul Gallen will have a simple message when he addresses his NSW teammates for the first time on Tuesday: "We've won nothing yet."

Gallen and the rest of the Blues squad will enter camp on Tuesday knowing they are one win away from ending Queensland's eight-year Origin supremacy.

While the Blues might be confident after a first-up win, Gallen is certain his side will not be complacent. And he will leave his teammates in little doubt where they stand.

"I'll tell them that the job is not done," Gallen said. "I won't say anything out of the ordinary. It's pretty obvious that, as players, we know the job isn't done.

"The support and hype around the game has been great but we've got to get in there and work even harder and bond even stronger and hopefully get the job done again."

Like the bulk of his NSW teammates, Gallen is searching for his first Origin series win. Luke Lewis is the only current Blues player to have played in all three matches of a winning NSW series. At 32, Gallen knows time is running out.

The Blues aren't expected to field any debutants when the team is announced on Tuesday, and Gallen said it was important the squad remained composed leading up to game two.

The Blues will play a battered Queensland side. Such is their growing casualty ward, the Maroons delayed their team announcement by four hours on Monday as they sorted through their injured list.

But Gallen said he wouldn't be bluffed by a wounded Maroons mentality.

"I wouldn't be saying they are vulnerable," he said. "You never say that about that side. They are a quality side. They've been there before and last year they got us in the decider.

"They'll be playing a lot better and will have to play a lot better to win."

The Blues have ditched plans to set up camp at Sydney Olympic Park. Instead they'll again shift to Coffs Harbour following the success of the training base in the opening game.

The NSW players can stay out of the Sydney spotlight in Coffs Harbour, and Blues insiders report that the group shared a closer bond than teams in recent years because the players were together at all times, without the distraction of friends and family.

Gallen led calls for the return to Coffs Harbour when he was approached by Blues coach Laurie Daley.

"It was on their mind after the game," Gallen said.

"I thought it would be a good idea.

"There is a lot of hype about game two, especially because how well we did in game one. It just gets us away from it a little bit.

"The support and the media attention has been great but we've got a long way to go."



Game two (NSW lead series 1-nil)

Wednesday, June 18, ANZ Stadium (8.15pm)

NSW team (likely): Jarryd Hayne; Will Hopoate, Josh Dugan, Michael Jennings, Daniel Tupou; Josh Reynolds, Trent Hodkinson; Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah, Paul Gallen (c), Ryan Hoffman, Beau Scott, Greg Bird. Interchange: James Tamou, Anthony Watmough, Luke Lewis, Trent Merrin.

Queensland (squad): Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate, Johnathan Thurston, Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt Scott, Billy Slater, Nate Myles, Chris McQueen, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker, Aidan Guerra, Matt Gillett, Will Chambers, Ben Hunt, Jacob Lillyman, Anthony Milford, Josh Papalii, Ben Te’o, Willie Tonga.


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