NSW has a Blueprint for success: Gallen

The Blues are set to unleash their blueprint for the future - which they believe will end the Maroons' dominance, according to NSW captain Paul Gallen.

The team picked by coach Ricky Stuart has come under intense media scrutiny on both sides of the Tweed, but the players that matter are confident they have got the nucleus of a team that can get the job done, starting at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

"Most of the blokes are early 20s. Me and Gaz can lead the way for these young blokes and show them what to do," Gallen told the media at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday morning.

"I'm sure they'll follow – they've all got great ability and a lot of confidence in themselves. Hopefully this is the start of something good for New South Wales rugby league."
 
It has been a long hard slog for NSW teams over the past five years, having won only four of their past 15 encounters.

But Gallen says the youthful 2011 side is not carrying any mental baggage from previous series, with excitement machines Josh Dugan, Jamie Soward and Akuila Uate set for explosive debuts.

The clear message coming from the Blues camp is that this is a new side and they are not frightened by the challenge at hand.

"I don't know if there's a fear factor, but they've won five in a row so that's huge for them," he said.

"They've been able to keep the core of their team together the whole time... they know how each other plays.

"We've got a new side but we've got a lot of confidence in the side and a lot of ability. We're just going out to play our game."

Ricky Stuart has spent the week highlighting and reinforcing to his players that their own performance and not their opponents should be the focus of the camp.

But the Maroons team filled with eternal Blues nemeses Darren Lockyer, Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater cannot be ignored.

Asked how to stop the attacking flair of Thurston, Gallen said his team would have to minimise his opportunities with the ball – a feat much easier said than done.

"The thing about Johnathan Thurston is you know what's coming a lot of the time but the hard thing is stopping it. We did touch on it last week, we didn't go overboard on him," Gallen said.

"Our camp has been all about us and that's what we're concentrating on."
   
The Blues say they couldn't have prepared any better for the opening game of the series, and that the feeling brewing among the camp is something special.

"I don't buy into the pressure thing too much," Gallen said.

"NSWRL is probably in a pretty bad state at the moment so there probably is pressure on us.

"We're just going out to play our game – that's been the one big thing about this whole camp, to be concerned about us and what we can do. We’re going out there to play our game tomorrow night and the result should look after itself."