Blues aim to let Origin speedsters explode

Scott Bailey
Josh Addo-Carr is the NRL's leading tryscorer and just one of the new-look Blues' attacking threats

NSW players are ready to double down on Brad Fittler's attacking gamble and ensure their lightning-quick backs get the ball they need in next week's State of Origin opener.

Fittler will take the most attacking Blues line-up in more than a decade to Melbourne on June 6, with speed to burn out wide and players known for causing havoc around the ruck.

But the team's experienced players know all that will go to waste if the quick men can't be provided open space.

"We'll be doing our best to try and put them in the best position we can to let them do their thing," captain Boyd Corner said.

"With the players that we've got in the outside backs and the speed, power and class - it's very handy to have that strike out wide."

Fittler's selections are a throwback to the early 2000s and his playing days when NSW had the best of Origin.

Mark Gasnier, Ryan Girdler and Timana Tahu lurked out wide while noted attackers Craig Wing and Steve Menzies waited to be released off the bench.

Fittler's philosophy for selection was to focus on what players can do and not what they can't. And it shows in his speedy back five.

For instance, the Blues haven't had the NRL's leading tryscorer for a season in their team since 2014, but winger Josh Addo-Carr is halfway to claiming the prize.

Latrell Mitchell and James Roberts have also had questions asked about their defence but there's no denying the fact they rank second and third of all centres for try involvements in the NRL this year.

Winger Tom Trbojevic also has the equal-most try and linebreak assists of any back in the NRL, while James Tedesco leads all fullbacks for run metres according to Fox Sports Stats.

Put simply, this is all-out attack from in-form players and the Blues intend to use it.

"I think that's a good way to go about it," Tedesco said.

"All the guys that are in the team can score and create points. That's a good weapon for us to have against a Queensland side where it's going to be back-and-forth footy.

"Guys like (Roberts), Foxy (Addo-Carr) and Latrell, you can give the ball to and they create something out of nothing.

"They're guys that I'm going to hang around with and support. I know they'll create something for the outside men and for me."

Meanwhile, Tedesco is also confident he can marshal the Blues' defensive line around as he begins to hit top form.

While the 25-year-old's attack was questioned earlier this year, he has helped the Sydney Roosters to the second-best defensive record in the competition.

"That's the main job of any fullback is to organise the defensive line and it will be a big role for me," Tedesco said.

"I will be working on that at training, a lot of communication and vocal works with the team. That's my main job and I will execute it."