Blues not feeling pressure ahead of must-win Origin II


New South Wales might be facing a do-or-die clash but State of Origin champions Queensland are the team under pressure, according to Blues coach Laurie Daley.

After losing Origin I 6-4 in Sydney, the Blues must beat the Maroons in Brisbane on Wednesday if they are to avoid a 10th series defeat in 11 years.

And while it is a must-win game for NSW, Daley is not feeling the heat, instead cheekily heaping the pressure on the Maroons ahead of the blockbuster showdown at Suncorp Stadium.

"I'm quite immune to what's going on. All I'm worried about is trying to get this team to win game two," Daley said on Tuesday. "Who knows, Queensland might be the ones under pressure. They're expected to win.

"There's pressure on both sides but for me personally, it's not a pressure job.

"It's a job that I love and enjoy. There's people out there doing it a lot tougher than me and if I lose a game of football, it's not the worst thing that's going to happen to me."

In his second series in charge of the Blues in 2014, Daley helped snap an eight-year winning streak by the Maroons, only to be dethroned by Queensland last year.

"We're comfortable if we can get enough points, we can defend. We were criticised for our attack [in game one], but we scored the same amount of tries as Queensland and they're a great team," he added.

All eyes will be on Corey Parker and record-equalling Blues captain Paul Gallen.

Brisbane Broncos skipper Parker is set to play his final home Origin fixture after announcing his intention to retire from rugby league at the end of the season.

As for public enemy number one Gallen, the hard-hitting Blues player will equal Danny Buderus' record of 15 games as captain in his 23rd Origin appearance.

And despite preparing to lock horns on Wednesday, Maroons skipper Cameron Smith had nothing but praise for his Australia team-mate, who will retire from Origin duties after the series.

"I think he has been a wonderful player for New South Wales for a long time," Smith said. "I have played alongside him in the Australian team and I feel very lucky to have played alongside a guy like that.

"He does the hard work that probably gets overshadowed by things that other players do but if you don't have Paul Gallen in your side you usually struggle to win matches.

"That's the way I will be looking back at his career."