Great expectations for Blues but first it's down to business
THE NSW Blues are only 80 minutes away from possibly seeing captain Paul Gallen holding aloft the State of Origin trophy.
It's a sight so many Blues are hoping to see on Wednesday night, particularly as the series-deciding match is in enemy territory.
One person who isn't painting such a picture in his mind though is NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman.
"That's a great outcome but we're not focussing on it," Hoffman said.
"We've learnt previously that if you focus too much on the outcome, you take away from the process, so we've identified the processes we think are going to give us the best opportunity and that's been our main focus."
Hoffman and a few of his Blues teammates were at the Coffs Coast Adventure Centre in Bonville this week where 50 junior players were enjoying a camp conducted by the CRL.
The 31-year-old said he remembered vividly his junior days when a visit from a top level player would be a highlight.
He never had the opportunity to rub shoulders with the crème de la crème of NSW rugby league like the youngsters had this week.
"It's a long time ago but I don't think we ever got Origin players come out ... but as a kid I just wanted to be a part of it," Hoffman said.
"I grew up in western Sydney out there in Campbelltown and we enjoyed these opportunities and these camps as much as we could - because as a kid you wanted to play footy seven days a week."