Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Sea of Blue

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Sea of Blue

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NSW coach Ricky Stuart says his confidence heading into State of Origin II stems from the fact things can't get any worse for the Blues than they did in the series opener.

Stuart said the Blues would head to ANZ Stadium tonight confident they could finally bring down the mighty Queensland outfit, after coming so close in game one despite being starved of possession.

aThis team will never, ever be in a style of game like that again,a Stuart said.

aThey might have the same (possession), but it can't get any worse.a

The Blues had the ball for just 127 runs compared to 185 for the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium.

Somehow, the Blues still managed to sneak ahead via a Michael Jennings try in the 69th minute, but whether it was down to nerves or the amount of defensive work they had endured, NSW succumbed to the Maroons yet again.

aYou can't win an NRL game on the amount of possession we had in game one, it's even harder with this type of challenge in front of us with this (Queensland) team,a Stuart said. …

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