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Blues urged to draw on spirit of 2014

Wade Graham was 18th man when NSW denied Queensland from claiming an unprecedented 12 Origin series in a row in 2014.

Blues urged to draw on spirit of 2014

Wade Graham was 18th man when NSW denied Queensland from claiming an unprecedented 12 Origin series in a row in 2014.

NSW have been urged to draw on the spirit of their 2014 team that denied the all-conquering Queenslanders from extending their dynasty to 12 series wins in a row.

One day before the Blues attempt to claim a series victory in Origin II, forward Wade Graham recalled the famous defensive effort needed to steal the shield three years ago.

Like their current situation, NSW upset the Maroons in game one at Suncorp Stadium before heading back to Sydney to wrap up the series.

The Cronulla star was 18th man for the Blues at the time, and admits the image of then skipper Paul Gallen embracing coach Laurie Daley is etched into his memory.

"I was lucky enough to come in for game two, so I got to be amongst it. I wouldn't say I felt a part of it, but I was there and seen how much it meant to the players," Graham said.

"Especially those who suffered at their hands for a few years - Paul Gallen, Luke Lewis, Beau Scott, Ryan Hoffman ... all them sort of guys."

The triumphant breakthrough is famously remembered for the Blues' defensive wall in both games, including the brave efforts of Brett and Josh Morris to play through injury in Origin I.

The Blues then stonewalled Queensland 6-4 in a game two side that is only survived by trio Aaron Woods, Josh Dugan, and Jarryd Hayne this year.

"I remember seeing Loz and Gal after (game two) hugging and just to see how much it physically meant to there, I was very grateful to be there that night and experience it," he said.

Graham hailed the efforts of their predecessors against a Maroons' whitewash of stars who have dominated the interstate rivalry for the past decade.

Only five times in the 36 games during Queensland's reign have the Blues lost by more than 10 points - and he challenged his teammates to keep Queensland out again on Wednesday.

"It's the greatest team ever really, when you think about it," Graham said.

"Although they won all them series, they were always tight contests. Apart from a couple of games here and there, the NSW team always showed up and put in their best effort.

"The biggest thing is the opportunity that's in front of us and making sure we try and make the most of it because these opportunities don't come along very often."


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