Angus Crichton has rubbished suggestions NSW could get complacent in pursuit of the State of Origin series following their record-breaking win in Townsville.
A 50-6 victory over Queensland in Origin I has backed the Maroons into a must-win game at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday night to keep the series alive.
And given the Blues’ track record at the ground, it could be fodder for the home side to stage an ambush.
Brad Fittler has lost all three games as NSW coach at Suncorp Stadium, while the Blues have won just five of the past 23 games on the hallowed turf.
Sydney Roosters star Crichton missed the record victory in Townsville through suspension but takes heed of the warning, saying there is no chance the Blues will be complacent.
“I won’t feel that complacency, I wasn’t out there on the field so I’m raring to go and I feel like everyone’s got that same mentality,” he told Fox Sports.
“We understand that game was a long time ago in rugby league terms so we’re ready to go.”
Crichton felt the sting of his Blues teammates in Friday night’s 38-12 loss to Penrith – a side that has been the opposite of complacent for the past two NRL seasons.
The six Panthers stars who dominated Origin I will again bring the energy and confidence to camp in Kingscliff this week.
Halfback Nathan Cleary in particular.
“He’s got the ball on a string at the minute, so it’ll be good fun linking up with him,” Crichton said.
“I saw that from the other side of the field last week.
“Even just at training today, the way he’s passing the ball and kicking the ball.
“I can’t wait to get out there and make good use of him.”
Crichton has been named on the bench for Sunday’s clash along with Jack Wighton, Payne Haas and Liam Martin.