NSW get defensive about Origin attack

Steve Jancetic, NZ Newswire May 20, 2012, 8:07 pm

It's a team blessed with point-scoring potential, but NSW Origin hooker Robbie Farah has warned that all-out attack won't be enough to beat Queensland.

In Farah, five-eighth Todd Carney and a backline containing the likes of Jarryd Hayne, Akuila Uate, Michael Jennings and Brett Stewart, the Blues have enough attacking weaponry to worry any team in the world - even a Maroons squad some have labelled one of the greatest ever assembled.

In announcing his squad, NSW coach Ricky Stuart said the Blues had to score points if they were to beat Queensland, but Farah said that would only happen if they did the job without the ball.

"We've got to find that balance and you've got to earn the right to play that sort of footy," Farah said.

"That sort of footy's only a minor part of the game - the main part of the game is the hard stuff, rolling the sleeves up and getting out of our end and focusing on our kicking game.

"If we can do that, it will allow us to play that sort of football that we want to."

NSW's only Origin win since 2009 - last year's 18-8 victory in game two - is the only time in the same span that the Blues held the Maroons to single figures.

In that same six-game stretch, NSW also conceded two totals of 34 and another two in excess of 20 points.

Farah knows the Blues can reverse those stats with the side that will run out on Wednesday night, and they have the coach's backing to chance their arm.

"There's a lot of strike power out wide ... we're all there for a reason and we've got to take our strengths from club level and replicate that in this sort of game," Farah said.

"Rick's encouraging us to back ourselves and use our strengths."

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