Ryan Hoffman played down the excitement from last Wednesday’s State of Origin victory and insisted that the side focus on the work to be done when he spoke to media today.
The New South Wales and Melbourne Storm second-rower is well aware of mistakes made last year and wants to make sure the Blues go into Game 2 level-headed.
“Yeah look we’re obviously just trying to debrief, trying to calm down after the win last Wednesday,” he said.
“We’ll get back in the camp and we’ll evaluate—we won the first game last year and I didn’t think we went up with right attitude to Queensland, so this year’s all about making sure our preparation is right and hopefully doing a good job.”
Hoffman believes part of New South Wales’ success in the series opener was thanks to a though mentality, but emphasised once again the importance of looking forward.
“I just think its been our attitude and backing up what we’ve been saying,” he said.
“We gave ourselves a fantastic opportunity up there in Queensland, it’s a very tough place to win so we can’t let it all go to waste by not following through with the same type of preparation.
“We’re going to improve our game, we know Queensland’s going to improve their game so we must improve ours.”
The 30-year-old touched on topic of Origin scheduling that has been a discussion point this year, particularly in light of the injuries sustained in Game 1.
“I’d like to see the competition put on a three week break; play State of Origin one after the other over three weeks.
“It’s a game like last Wednesday night that’s such a great spectacle of rugby league, such a great example of our game, we should be talking about it for a week.”