NSW 18th man Jack de Belin (centre) claps the arrival of captain Boyd Cordner during a Blues training session at Kingscliff.
NSW 18th man Jack de Belin (centre) claps the arrival of captain Boyd Cordner during a Blues training session at Kingscliff. Chris Hyde

Blues skipper has unfinished business

BOYD Cordner has opened up about the Blues' disappointment at letting a series win slip through their fingers in Sydney and his desire to lead NSW to victory tonight in a game he rates as one of the biggest in his life.

Cordner has overcome a calf injury and will lead the Blues on to the field at Suncorp Stadium tonight as part of the formidable NSW pack.

"If I didn't think I was 100% right to go, I wouldn't be that selfish (to play)," he said.

"I'll always put the team before myself and I've always done that, it's no different now.

"If I'm not 100%, I won't go."

Cordner said it would "mean the world" to line up tonight and lead the same team he started the 2017 series with.

"It's been a really good journey so far and I want to finish it off with these lads," he said.

"It's definitely up there (as one of the biggest games in my life).

"Any Origin's a massive game and playing for your country and the grand final in 2013, they're all massive games.

"It's being talked about as one of the biggest Origins ever, especially on our behalf, being a New South Welshman."

Cordner said there was great belief in the Blues squad despite their game two slip.

"Since game one, that first meeting we had, I knew we had something special there," he said.

"You'd look around and see all the players that had been selected and it just gives you that extra confidence.

"What we did in game one was pretty good, it was pretty special.

"We put ourselves in a position to win it in game two as well but it was disappointing how we lost that.

"Game three, we'll take a lot of confidence out of our last two games we've played and hopefully we can put together an 80-minute performance to win up there."

Cordner's message echoed that of Queensland captain Cameron Smith, who has called on the Maroons to produce a consistent effort tonight, saying his team has not yet played well for a full match.

"Our focus is purely on making sure that we deliver an 80-minute performance because we haven't done that thus far this series," Smith said.

"That's the challenge for our footy side. One, you're playing against a good footy side, and two, we need to look in our own backyard and put in an 80-minute performance.

"I'm confident in our forwards going out and playing well and getting the job done for our outside backs to give them the opportunity to put points on the board.

"We believe that we've prepared well, we've got the game plan to play well and if everyone goes out and does that, they play their best footy, then we're a really good chance of winning the game.

"Over the two matches we're far from our best performance, there's no doubt about that, but we still managed a victory in Sydney and that was just through effort, through determination and that's going to be needed again."

News Corp Australia


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