We get the inside word from NSW assistant coach Trent Barrett following Queensland's four-point win in State of Origin I.
That was a really weird Origin experience for me ... being on the other side of the fence for the first time as an assistant coach, instead of as a player.
I was more nervous than when I was playing. It felt like a really long day, sitting around waiting for the 8pm kick-off. I had a fair few coffees!
You notice it more as a coach. As a player you have a sleep and do your other routine game day things to prepare. But as a coach, all the preparation had been done. It was a waiting game.
Once we got to the ground and then again sitting on the sideline with the boys you can't do much, except will them on.
Knowing how much work they had done I really wanted them to win - I wanted everything to go to plan as we had practised.
So to get back to a 12-10 lead late in the game, after having not a lot of the ball, was a really gutsy effort.
It was amazing ... the boys just hung in and hung in.
To be in the lead with six minutes to go, I thought the tide was about to change ... then boom, boom, it was 16-12 Queensland.
That's happened to the Blues a fair bit over the years. But the pleasing thing is we pushed them to the 76th minute.
We didn't play the best we could - our completions were average and we turned the ball over a lot. If not for our attitude in defence we could have been blown away.
To go to the halftime break 6-0 down was a good result considering the amount of ball Queensland had.
I was really pleased with the two tries we scored in the second half, which were plays we had practised and worked on.
There are a few little things we can work on for Game 2, but most of the errors were uncharacteristic of the players who made them.
The good thing was that when there was an error, all the guys really looked after each other. It was something Ricky was adamant about: the right body language and how to react when somebody made an error.
No-one means to make a mistake, and there always will be errors in a gme ... the important thing was to stick together. And there was definitely signs of that.
While everyone is feeling a little disappointed today, at the same time we know we can certainly build on that performance.
There were no bad players out there for us. They all played really well.
I would like to think they will all be there for Game 2. Obiviously in football though injuries (and even suspensions) can rob you of players.
Hopefully that doesn't happen, but the good thing is that we have players like Jamal Idris, Jarryd Hayne and Kurt Gidley in the wings. They will always be considered.
It's up to the selectors what to do now, but I am sure they will show faith in the 17 who played last night.
We also need the Blues supporters to show their faith and get out to ANZ Stadium for Game 2 in Sydney on June 15.
About 65,000 tickets have already been sold ... it would be great to get about 80,000 there.
They won't be disappointed!