Tom Trbojevic on NSW Blues being too nice against Queensland Maroons in decider


Injured New South Wales superstar Tom Trbojevic says the Blues can’t afford to be ‘too nice’ in the home state decider as they were in the first game.

Trbojevic was forced to watch the series unfold from his couch, nursing a serious shoulder injury that ended his NRL season early.

The guns guard – who was instrumental in winning NSW last year – didn’t really like what he saw as the Blues lost the series opener by six points in Sydney.

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“Disappointed. We were probably too nice and let them get away with too much,” Trbjoevic told Wide World of Sports from Ampol Little Origin Clinic in Brisbane.

“They got ahead and we fought back, but it was too little too late.

“Obviously it was much better to watch the second game, and hopefully that can continue in the third game.

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“I think Queensland were the team that broke in Game 2, and we broke in Game 1. (The Blues) were definitely better (in Game 2), but they had to be.”

NSW fought back to win Game 2 in convincing fashion. Tom’s older brother, Jake, was one of many players called up to the team to inspire the series’ return.

Unfortunately for the injured Manly Pistol, he won’t be at Suncorp Stadium this week to cheer on his teammates.

Trbojevic has returned to Sydney from his Little Origin duties to focus on rehabilitating his shoulder, while the rest of his family – except for his other brother, Ben – flies to the sunshine state to encourage Jake.

“He’s obviously very excited, it’s a great opportunity, a game-breaking game for Suncorp,” Trbojevic said of Jake.

“We lost one a few years ago. You don’t want to lose decision makers.

“I know it’s a tough place to win, but the reality is you have to win. They’re excited about this opportunity. Hopefully they can take it.”

It’s notoriously difficult for NSW to win at Suncorp Stadium, let alone an Origin Series decider.

Trbojevic believes Blues coach Brad Fittler will make a point of it during pregame camp.

“I think they would talk about it. You have to talk about it and see it as an opportunity to rewrite history,” he said.

“It’s a huge challenge, but you have to believe that you’re big enough and good enough to take it on.

“I think Freddy is definitely the kind of guy to talk about it and take on the challenge.”

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