Tonight is the State of Origin decider, and former Blues’ player Mick Weyman is happy to be watching it from the couch.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Weyman said.
“To be honest, I never watched much while I was still playing – a builder doesn’t go home and watch renovation shows.”
Weyman, who played for the Blues in 2009 and 2010, has no doubts the NSW team can win tonight’s game.
“They can do it,” he said
“If you looked at the 120 minutes of play so far, NSW was the better team.”
Weyman said Origin was a game which needed patience.
“In the last 20 minutes of the second game, NSW fell apart a bit – I think they were probably trying to push out a second win – and the Queensland team pounced,” Weyman said.
“It wasn’t that Queensland was the better team, they just waited for the mistake.”
Weyman said when they came up against the Maroons tonight, NSW would be facing the Australian backline.
“They control the game,” he said.
Despite Queensland’s domination as title holders over the last decade, Weyman said the two teams were evenly matched.
“There has never been much between them,” Weyman said.
“It’s more, in the last few years, Queensland have waited, have made their opportunities count.”
Weyman said Origin was won, or lost, by inches.
“It’s like the motivational speech Al Pacino gives as the coach in the movie Any Given Sunday,” he said.
“There is no room for errors.”
Meanwhile, former South Coast player Dale Finucane was flown in to NSW Blues camp on Sunday night to serve as a shadow.
The former Bega boy, now 25, will form part of the preparations for Origin III, but will only get a shot in the contest if captain Boyd Cordner pulls out due to his calf injury.
Blues coach Laurie Daley called in the Melbourne forward late in the piece in case Cordner doesn’t firm up for the headline round.
I’m really excited," Finucane said. "To be here is really exciting for me and something I’m really proud of.”