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NSW VB Blues coach Ricky Stuart created a stir before the 2011 State of Origin Series started when he said he would be happy to win just one game ... and today he stands by that statement, saying Game II next Wednesday is "that one game".

Despite that, the 44-year-old former Australian, NSW and Raiders champion halfback and ex-Kangaroos, Sharks and premiership-winning Roosters'coach says he does not feel under any added pressure for the Blues' must-win game at Sydney's ANZ stadium in front of an expected record crowd of 85,000. 

"No pressure," he told in an exclusive interview when asked if there was more heat on him personally for Game II than in his return to the coaching arena for Game I at Suncorp Stadium over two weeks ago. 

"We all want to win and I've said that before, I will be happy if they win one game. Well this is the one game I want to win but I'm not putting any pressure on myself to win.

"I'm putting pressure on myself to prepare the players well enough; and I'm putting pressure on myself to make sure I'm doing a good job.

"But once they're on the footy field I can't control (what happens), but I can help. I have to let the scoreboard control the ability of our performance."

Stuart remains the last man to ever win a State of Origin series for New South Wales, as Blues coach for one season in 2005, with Queensland having dominated ever since, winning the past five series.

Since he took up the first full-time NSW Origin coaching position in November 2010, Stuart and the Blues management have publicly stated the philosophy for the 2011 series was about building for the future. Last weekend he wrote in his weekly newspaper column that "Game I was about being competitive ... Game II is about winning".

"This is that one game and I said I could always assess the situation after Game I as well," Stuart said.

"I was really happy with the giant leap forward that the players have taken in Game I. Now we have to try to arrive at our destination; whether it's Game II or Game III or next year, I can't predict that.

"But I know we are building for the future and I know we have a very healthy future in front of us.

"I just believe leading into this game our short-term objective is obviously to win the game and we have the capacity to be right in the actual competition and right in the contest to win it.

"We just have to prepare well and get to the game in the best shape and hope that we play our best game of footy."

The Blues side, which lost 16-12 to Queensland in Game I, featured five debutants. The changes for Game II include one debutant (Will Hopate) and five experienced Origin campaigners in Kurt Gidley, Anthony Watmough, Jarryd Hayne, Luke Lewis and Anthony Minichiello. (Lewis and Gidley were unavailable for selection for Game 1 due to injury).

"I was very proud of the effort of that 17 (in Game I) ... they did an enormous job in taking that step forward," Stuart said, before outlining the key strengths of the team for Game II.

"... We are all going to be better from Game I. We know what we have achieved. We know where we have to get to and where we have to keep on taking the next step.

"And probably there is a little bit more experience around the team which has been handy and they're (Origin) footballers ... Watmough, Hayne, Gidley, Lewis and Mini (Minichiello). It's a big help in regards to that experience."

Minichiello, 31, who last played Origin in 2007 and played for Stuart both with NSW and the Roosters, was considered a Blues bolter when named to replaced injured Raiders fullback Josh Dugan on Monday - especially with fullbacks Hayne, Hopoate and Gidley already chosen (as wing, centre and interchange respectively).

"Mini is one of my favourite players," Stuart said. "I know what I am going to get with Mini. As a coach, knowing what you are going to get is a real positive.''I didn't want to tinker with the bench with Kurt Gidley (as a replacement fullback for Dugan).

"I didn't want to tinker on the left edge with Jarryd or Will. So for me it was a matter of making a decision and bringing somebody in there who could play the style of game we are going to play." 

Minichiello's representative career was halted prematurely due to a frustrating spate of injuries that interrupted four seasons (2006-09). Stuart can relate to the character Minichiello showed to come back from the setbacks.

His Origin appointment came at the end of a tumultous three years in the coaching arena ... six months after he resigned as Sharks coach (with 18 months still on his contract) and two years after he stood down as Australian coach following the shock loss of the 2008 World Cup and post-game verbal altercation with match officials.

His time at the Sharks coincided with the club's darkest period with ongoing off-field dramas and scandals involving players and club management and board turnover.

But despite all the adversity Stuart, who began his NRL head coaching position at the Roosters in 2002, never contemplated walking away from the game.

"Obviously it was a struggle at the Sharks ... it was a very tough period," he said. "It's nice now to get back involved in coaching. I'm really enjoying it.

"When I left the Sharks it was best decision for me. It was the healthiest choice for Ricky Stuart. I couldn't have gone on any further and leaving was the best thing.

"The option of never coaching again never crossed my mind because I always thought I would have the chance to coach again somewhere along the track.

"Once you have been involved in coaching and it's in your blood you find it very hard to leave it. The day you don't have that feeling is the day you retire."