State of Origin: Blues “Confident” of Origin Win, Says Boyd Cordner

New South Wales captain Boyd Cordner said his team is confident it can take home the State of Origin shield on Wednesday night.

Observers predict that the match against the Queensland Maroons at the Sydney’s Olympic stadium will tip in favour of the blues, after the stellar 28-4 win in the series opener last month. However, Cordner said the return of Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater would make it tougher.

“We’re under no illusions how big a task it’s going to be to try and win here on Wednesday night,” the 25-year-old said. “But in saying that, we’re quietly confident that we can wrap up the series.”

Thurston has been sidelined for the past five weeks due to a shoulder injury.

Cordner also said that the Maroons’ plan to nullify NSW’s Andrew Fifita would backfire. Fifita was the breakout star of the series opener, earning the man of the match award with a try, a try assist and 168 running metres.

“If they want to just focus on one player, we have a lot of other strike across the field where we can hurt them,” Cordner said in a press conference on Monday.

Fox Sports reported that the Queensland team has been training to charge at and hold Fifita on the ground.