Tunnel vision: Josh Dugan and Ryan Hoffman arrive for NSW training at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images
Laurie Daley has spared his Blues players the ordeal of revisiting their Origin II humbling on video in the lead-up to Wednesday's decider, saying: ''They know they didn't play well.''
Video sessions are, in this day and age, central to teams' preparations in club and representative arenas, as rivals seek to reflect on their strengths and shortcomings and those of their opponents in pursuit of an edge.
However, the NSW coach has put his own stamp on the Blues' preparations for the ANZ Stadium blockbuster by essentially throwing out the tape of their 26-6 defeat to Queensland in game two of the series last month.
''I didn't make them watch it, no,'' Daley said on Monday. Asked why he did not sit his players in front of a television to review the game, Daley added: ''They know they didn't play well.''
Although the coach has not revisited the Suncorp Stadium loss with his players he has far from forgotten it. He concedes they were outplayed in Brisbane but met with NRL referees' boss Daniel Anderson last Friday to seek assurances over the officiating and interpretations of several rules on Wednesday.
The Blues were seething at a 4-0 penalty count in the first 17 minutes of game two, believing referees Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein allowed Queensland to get away with being inside the 10 metres in defence and not square at marker while NSW players followed Anderson's instructions to be disciplined in those areas. The Maroons raced to a 14-0 lead in the process, a deficit from which the visitors never recovered.
Klein has been replaced for Wednesday, by Ben Cummins, but the issue is still clearly on Daley's mind. Asked whether he was confident the Blues would be given a fair go in Sydney, he replied: ''I don't know what to say to that.''
Daley added: ''We're hoping we get a fair crack. I'd like to think that NSW will be given a fair crack … that's all we're asking. We know we need to play better but we also just want a fair crack of it.
''You'd like to think that after the first 20 minutes we won't only have 20 per cent of possession.''
Anderson provided referees to the Blues' training session at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday, where they handled whistleblowing duties in an opposed session against the NSW Residents team.
''We had a meeting with NSW staff, but we had referees at both training sessions. We made referees available during the whole Origin series and on Sunday both camps, Queensland in Queensland and NSW in Sydney, utilised referees at their training sessions,'' Anderson said.
''NSW had Chris James and Gavin Morris, and Queensland had Matt Cecchin and Peter Gough.''
Daley was ''not quite sure'' whether the referees had been swayed in their decisions by the raucous home crowd in Brisbane.
''We were aware of things that they were looking for but that's the way it goes,'' he said.
''For us, it's about not worrying about what happened in game two. We've just got to look forward.
''We need to be a lot better than what we were.''
Responding to reports in Queensland media that the Maroons had lost their last four penalty counts at ANZ Stadium, Daley said: ''That's Queensland, that's Queensland. Already complaining, but that's up to them. We've gone through the right channels and we know on Wednesday night we've got to play well to beat them. They're a champion team, well coached, world's best players. We're the little boys from down south, no one gives us a chance.''