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NSW take experience from 2012 Origin loss

A year wiser, NSW know exactly what they can take from last year's gut-wrenching series-deciding loss to Queensland.
NSW take experience from 2012 Origin loss
by AAP

By Joe Barton

SYDNEY, June 19 AAP - A year wiser, NSW know exactly what they can take from last year's gut-wrenching series-deciding loss to Queensland.

A game in which the Blues went close, though not close enough.

And as they've done in every live rubber played at Suncorp Stadium since 2005, Queensland triumphed.

Last year it was a long-range Cooper Cronk field goal which sank the hopes of NSW.

But the Blues believe the experience gained will serve them well in a match they've identified as must-win - despite having game three on home soil as a potential series decider.

"I learned a lot out of last year and I learned a lot out of game one this year," halfback Mitchell Pearce told AAP.

Pearce is one of eight survivors who will line up next Wednesday intent on putting an end to the Maroons' Origin dynasty.

Another, back-rower Anthony Watmough, says the valuable experience throughout the squad ensures nobody in the team will be overawed by the expected hostile atmosphere.

"We know we've been close up there. We've won there before as well," Watmough said.

"We know what we have to do.

"We know what the environment's going to be like, especially after a loss.

"They didn't play too well the first game, they've come out and said that.

"We know we're going to go up there and expect a hostile environment.

"We expect nothing less.

"(Last year) we went up there with a gameplan and we weren't far off.

"It was a hell of a kick by Cooper Cronk that got us.

"We were confident going into that one and we'll be confident this week."

Pearce believes he's developed as a player as much in the past 12 months as in any part of his career.

And he can't wait to get a chance to put his maturity to the test in a series-deciding game.

"I'm getting better," he said.

"I think I've played a lot more composed this year and controlled.

"Hopefully I can show everyone that up there."

NSW don't want to take any chances when closing out this series and are approaching game two as if it is a decider.

"100 per cent we want to close out the series in Brisbane," five-eighth James Maloney told AAP.

"You want to win every Origin game you play. It would be nice to not have to worry about game three and have it sealed up.

"It's going to take a big 80 minute performance from all of us.

"It's about getting that preparation in order and making sure we go up there and play our best games individually."




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