Blues enforcer Andrew Fifita admits he will carry an air of “cockiness” and “arrogance” into Game Two as the Blues aim to wrap up the Origin series on Wednesday night in Sydney.
Fifita was arguably New South Wales’ best during his side’s 28-4 demolition of Queensland in Game One and his state will need a similar performance from the Cronulla big man if they are to down a new look Maroons outfit at ANZ Stadium.
The 28-year-old’s Game One outing was rated among the best ever by a Blues forward with Fifita setting up a try and bagging one himself in a man of the match performance.
His amazing display was typified following his try, which wrapped up the game, with Fifita strolling back to the bench like a peacock, silencing the usually parochial Brisbane crowd.
"There is nothing better than thriving off negative comments and walking back (after a try) in front of a house full of people who dislike you," Fifita said.
"Instead of running across the field (to come off) I said to myself 'I'm going to embrace this moment' and I ended up taking the long journey (around the stadium) and give them all a smile and a thank you.
"There is a bit of arrogance and cockiness you've got to take into a game but at the same time you block the nerves away and get on with it.
"I was copping everything left, right and centre. At the end of the day Queensland will feel it when they come down here at our stadium."
And summing up his mesmerising performance, Fifita said he didn’t take much out of the accolades bestowed upon him by some of New South Wales’ greatest ever players.
"I kind of just brushed it," Fifita said.
"I embraced it for the night and enjoyed it but we've got a bigger game on Wednesday night.
"I love the hype and they're big games that you want to be involved in and have input.
"Everyone backs me as a player so I back myself I guess."
The Sydney press has had a field day in the lead-up to Game Two, constantly bagging the Maroons and acting like the series has already been won.
In the firing line has been Queensland debutant Tim Glasby who was described by a Sydney newspaper as a “nobody”.
Fifita said such smugness from the Sydney media only made his side’s task more difficult.
"All this negative talk about him (Glasby) puts pressure on us. If I had all that negative stuff, I would be thriving off it and proving to everyone I am someone,” he said.
"(The Maroons have) a whole new fresh forward pack that is ready to prove their worthy of that Queensland jersey, not just this year but make their mark to remain there.
"We're expecting an ambush but in saying that we're going to do the best we can to seal the series."
The Blues have claimed just one series in the past 12 years and with a new look Queensland side containing Billy Slater, Johnathan Thurston and Cowboys juggernaut Cohen Hess, winning the series this Wednesday night is far from a formality.
But, after taking the first game in dominant fashion, the southerners smell blood in the water.
"It (a series win) is in reach and that's what I want," Fifita said.
"The main thing is it's at home, I want to win here and it's a bonus we got the win up there. I'd never won at Suncorp Stadium in my Origin career.
"I've got 80 minutes to fill out another goal of mine and I need 16 other blokes to come with me, which I know they will."