NSW just want State of Origin series win ASAP
NSW back-rower Greg Bird says the Blues haven't given any consideration to wrapping up the State of Origin series in Sydney, claiming the team's only focus is upsetting Queensland on enemy soil on Wednesday night.
Despite history and bookmakers being against the Blues claiming their first series win since 2005 with victory at Suncorp Stadium this week, Bird said the confident NSW squad did not want to leave it to a deciding game back at ANZ Stadium on July 17.
''We're treating this as the be-all and end-all,'' Bird said.''We're not looking to game three - we want to go up there and win it at their home ground.
''That's been a goal of ours right from the start and we haven't wavered from that.''
Should Queensland win on Wednesday night to set up a decider, the Blues will at least be boosted by the expected availability of Jarryd Hayne and James Tamou for game three.
Tamou was deemed ineligible for selection for game two due to a drink-driving charge, while Hayne revealed he was back running again after tearing his hamstring while playing for Parramatta just two days after the Origin opener.
Hayne was a pivotal figure for the Blues in their 14-6 win in game one, but says his desperation to help the last-placed Eels revive their NRL season by turning out for Parramatta less than 48 hours after 80 minutes of Origin played a huge role in his injury.
''Definitely,'' Hayne told Triple M on Sunday when asked if the short turnaround was a factor.
''After the game when the physio was assessing it, it was just from fatigue," he said.
''We tried to manage it as best as we could by me starting on the bench (against Sydney Roosters), giving me as minimal time as possible to try and push out the game and go for the win.''
With the Eels having the bye this weekend, Hayne hopes to return the following week against Manly.