League: Daley says Blues in tip-top shape

By Ian McCullough

Laurie Daley.
Laurie Daley.

Laurie Daley admits he made mistakes in his first State of Origin series as NSW coach but believes his side couldn't be in better shape for game one tonight.

Daley's relatively inexperienced team, which contains two debutants and five players with fewer than five Origins to their name, are looking to beat the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium for the first time in nine years.

On their last visit to Brisbane Daley's side were beaten 26-6. Fast forward 12 months and he has no injury worries in camp and a happy and focused group of players following his decision to move the team away from Sydney to Coffs Harbour.

"You learn a lot from your first series, but there is no magic formula," Daley said yesterday. He is well aware of the advantage they'd take into game two at home should they upset Mal Meninga's side.

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