Josh Jackson says a win in the State of Origin III dead rubber is vital for the confidence of a young NSW side moving forward.
Queensland wrapped up another interstate series win in Brisbane last month.
But as Blues coach Laurie Daley prepares to blood his seventh and eighth debutants in Wade Graham and James Tedesco in Origin III, Jackson believes a win is vital for a group of young players likely to wear the NSW jersey for years to come.
“A win helps get the confidence out of knowing you can beat this Queensland side,” Jackson told AAP.
“We have been close the last two times but we need to get confidence you can score points and get the win with a newer bunch of guys because it will probably be a similar team for the next few years.”
“We just need to capitalise on the opportunities we do get.”
Long recognised as a player capable of leading NSW to a successful State of Origin future, Jackson is at last beginning to feel comfortable in the Blues jersey.
The Canterbury back-rower has impressed with eye-catching performances in game one and game two, including taking out a NSW players’ player award.
Jackson, 25, made his Blues debut last year after representing Australia in two games in 2014 and will play his fifth Origin match in game three at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.
“The more you play and the more experience you get, you get more confidence with that as well,” he said.
“I am definitely feeling more comfortable at Origin level.
“The first two games this year were very disappointing but I can take the experience out of that.
“In the next one, good to get the win. If not for NSW, for Gal (retiring skipper Paul Gallen).”