Ryan Hoffman spoke to the media on the weekend in the lead up to the Blues' final training session before Wednesday night's State of Origin series opener.
The 30-year old is confident it will be a valuable opportunity to put the finishing touches on the team's preparation.
"We've been spending the last couple of days working on a lot of combinations and we've been really happy with the way we're going out there," he said.
"When you're going up against another opposition it gives you a better chance to refine those things and pick up on areas we need to improve.
"It's a session we look forward to, because we know how important it is."
"Our sessions have been improving every day. Obviously when you first get into camp you need to get in and feel your way a bit, but now we're well into it and we've certainly been hitting our straps on the training paddock."
Hoffman quickly dismissed the underdog tag and believes that recent history will play no part in determining this year's result.
"The whole underdogs tag...it doesn't matter at all," he said.
"We're gaining confidence every day in what we've been doing and with the players we have here.
"It's coming together very well but you expect that. I expected it, we're talking about an elite team with elite players and I expected it would only take a day or two to start hitting our straps and that's what we've been doing."