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For the game's good: Daley's Origin call

NSW coach Laurie Daley hopes State of Origin II won't descend into wrestlemania amid fears Queensland will slow down the game at the ruck.

For the game's good: Daley's Origin call

NSW coach Laurie Daley hopes State of Origin II won't descend into wrestlemania amid fears Queensland will slow down the game at the ruck.

Laurie Daley has declared NSW's determination to attack and called on the referees to ensure Queensland's new-look team don't turn Wednesday's State of Origin II into a wrestling match.

NSW coach Daley got what he wanted in game one as his potent Blues ran roughshod over the Maroons in one of the most exhilarating Origin spectacles of recent years.


But Queensland's team changes for their do-or-die clash at ANZ Stadium have raised concerns they will take a lead from low penalty count in the much-praised Suncorp Stadium clash and test the whistleblowers' patience with efforts to slow the Blues' play-the-ball.

The selection of Melbourne journeyman Tim Glasby only added to suspicions they will draw on the Storm's famed proficiency at wrestling in the tackle.

With referees Matt Cecchin and Gerard Sutton again in charge, Daley said he would not be seeking any assurances from referees boss Tony Archer.

But he made his message clear at his match eve media conference on Tuesday, declaring a fast, free-flowing game should be a priority in the game's showpiece series watched by millions.

"I think everyone...wants to see a good game of footy, an open game of footy," Daley said.

"They don't want to see two teams trying to slow it down and wrestle their way through it."

He called for the game to be officiated the same way as the series-opener, which had only six penalties, with just two in the first half.

"Everyone realises that the way to shut down big guys is to put numbers in tackles and try and slow it down. We're hoping that's not the case," Daley said.

"We're hoping it's the same style of game as Origin I because that was a great spectacle.

"We don't want to see two teams playing dour footy. It's not what we're about, and it's not what the game wants to see on the big stage."

Daley was adamant the Blues would not retreat into their shell as they attempt to clinch the series in what are expected to be slippery conditions at ANZ Stadium, where neither state has topped 20 points since 2011.

He said an attacking mindset forebode a confidence in their ability, so he encouraged his team to take risks to wrap up the series.

"If you start to use that as a negative, then you start to become negative with the ball. And again, we know against Queensland, we can't be negative with the ball," he said.

"They've got more points in them this time, so we've got to be able to come up with points.

"In the past, I don't know whether we've had the team to score a lot of points. We've had to defend our way to victory.

"But this team has got more points in them than the ones previously. And I think that for us, our mindset is to attack."

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