On the back of his first State of Origin win in four outings and with a series victory beckoning, Boyd Cordner finally feels at home in the Blues jersey.
Cordner debuted in NSW’s loss in Origin III in 2013, before missing the first two wins in the Blues 2014 campaign before playing in the loss to Queensland in the dead rubber in game three last year.
He has played both games this year, coming off the bench in both the Maroons’ victory in Sydney in game one and the Blues’ win in game two in Melbourne, his first victory at Origin level.
That breakthrough win still has the Sydney Roosters premiership winner on a high heading into Wednesday’s decider in Brisbane.
“It has given me a lot of confidence but there is relief there too, you don’t want to keep losing, you want to just get that win,” Cordner said.
“I am feeling really relaxed and seeing the boys again and knowing you have the same team, the same core group as we did for game two is comforting.
“It is really good for us.”
Cordner said he was looking forward to taking the field alongside Origin’s man of the moment David Klemmer.
“They will be up at him with how well he has been playing and all the press, he has been getting,” Cordner said.
“They won’t like him coming up there, I don’t think they like him too much.
“They don’t like any of us, but especially him. But he will be looking forward to it, that is the kind of bloke he is.
“He will want to get on with things, it will be really good to watch.”