Blues relaxed in pre-match walk
NSW players take a stroll down to ANZ Stadium in Sydney where they will try to end Queensland's eight-year stranglehold on the series on Wednesday night.PT0M41S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3adlf 620 349 June 18, 2014
It's the devil's number in cricket, but it could be lucky 87 for NSW in their bid to end Queensland's eight-year Origin supremacy on Wednesday night.
It's taken 87 players and four coaches.
It's taken 17 halves and 16 different halves combinations.
It's time: Blues skipper Paul Gallen. Photo: James Brickwood
It's taken four captains, including Kurt Gidley's two games as skipper off the bench.
It's taken 357 points scored.
It's taken three games in Melbourne and five failed deciders.
Despair: Mitchell Pearce, Aaron Woods, Andrew Fifita and Robbie Farah come to terms with defeat in 2013. Photo: Jonathan Carroll
This is for Mitchell Pearce.
It's for Justin Poore and Anthony Quinn.
It's for Josh Perry and Jamie Buhrer.
It's for Jarryd Hayne's foot never touching the sideline in 2009.
It's for the try Greg Inglis should never have been awarded in 2012.
It's for Ben Creagh backing away from a raging Justin Hodges in 2009.
This is for the Stewart brothers.
It's for Terry Campese and David Williams.
It's for Wati Holmwood.
It's for the Justin Hodges shepherd in 2012 that went unnoticed by the match officials.
It's for every sinew in Cooper Cronk's body coming "together in one perfect whole".
It's for the rats and filth that tried to poison a monumental team with lies.
It's for Camp Coffs.
It's for Camp Central Coast and Camp Wollongong.
They've had their coach refused service at a bar.
They've even celebrated with Johnathan Thurston in a wheelchair.
They've done it for big Artie.
They've done it for the Queensland flood victims.
They've done it for Tosser Turner and Ross Livermore.
This is for Graham Murray.
It's for Trent Barrett opening a beer bottle with his teeth.
It's for Brett Hodgson.
It's for the intercept pass he threw to gift Darren Lockyer a try and Queensland their first of eight consecutive series wins.
It's for the up and under for an all-in.
It's for Ricky Stuart not picking Jarryd Hayne because he's a better five-eighth than fullback.
It's for the 471 points the Maroons have scored.
It's for answering Will Hopoate's prayers.
It's for Ryan Hoffman having to go back to Melbourne after repeated failures.
It's for Laurie Daley breaking down with shingles after last year's heartache.
It's for shooting ourselves in the foot time and time again.
We've had players kicked out of camp.
We've had coaching staff kicked out of camp.
We've seen Brett White knock out Steve Price.
We've seen Trent Waterhouse tackle an unconscious Steve Price.
We've seen Justin Poore pick up and drop an unconscious Steve Price.
We've seen Michael Jennings, Trent Merrin and Paul Gallen land punches.
We've seen Brent Tate dish it back.
It's for every Justin Hodges whinge.
It's for every Justin Hodges throat-slit threat.
It's for the Brett Finch field goal.
It's for Josh Morris chasing down Inglis on one leg.
It's for his brother holding up Darius Boyd with one shoulder.
It's for the end of the bonding night.
It's for Gus Gould's final word.
It's for the town of Macksville.
It's for Geoff Carr's attempt to ban a code-defecting Israel Folau.
It's for the 12 one-game wonders.
It's for Blatchy's Blues.
It's for every Nate Myles headbutt.
Every Billy Slater line break.
Every Darius Boyd try.
Every Inglis try assist.
It's for Darren Lockyer, Petero Civoniceva, Steve Price and every other retiring player who has provided the Maroons with added incentive.
It's for a new Josh Dugan tattoo.
It's for the kids in school who've never seen a NSW win.
It's for the death of cattle dog.
It's for the Cronulla fans who've never seen their skipper lift a trophy.
It's for Twitter never having had a #blueswinseries
It's for the years of hoping for #oneinarow.