NEW South Wales coach Laurie Daley insists he is not under pressure, despite the prospect of his third series loss in four years with defeat to Queensland in Origin II at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night.
The knives are already out for Daley regardless of the result, with NSW legend Tommy Raudonikis calling for his head if the team loses its 10th series in 11 years.
Daley’s team was on the end of a record 52-6 thrashing at the intimidating Brisbane venue in last year’s decider.
And the Blues’ attack was heavily criticised in its 6-4 loss in game one in Sydney on June 1.
“I’m quite immune to what’s going on. All I’m worried about is trying to get this team to win game two,” Daley said.
“Queensland might be the ones under pressure. They’re expected to win.
“It’s not a pressure job – it’s a job that I love.”
Daley swatted away the suggestion Jack Bird could start the game in the centres ahead of fellow 21-year-old Dylan Walker.
Walker was heavily criticised for his 10-minute cameo in Sydney where he found it hard to assert himself so late in the game.
The 2014 premiership winner will have the unenviable task of lining up against former South Sydney teammate and Queensland champion Greg Inglis.
Bird is expected to come on at lock from the bench.
“At this stage we’ll run as is,” Daley said.
“He (Bird) seems quite confident. He seems as though he’s fitted in really well.”
Daley backed referees boss Tony Archer’s call to retain officials Ben Cummins and Gerard Sutton for game two.
That was despite his public plea for the pair not to be selected after he believed some key calls went against NSW in game one.
“He (Archer) believes that these two guys are the best referees and I’ve got no reason to doubt him,” Daley said.
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