Blues' success brings out Haas swagger

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As if Queensland didn't have enough to worry about, now Payne Haas has found his passing game and he's not afraid to use it.

The bruising Brisbane forward showed his softer side on Sunday, producing a silky short ball to set up a decisive Ethan Bullemor try in the Broncos' impressive defeat of Cronulla.

Haas monstered the Sharks with a game-high 219 run metres and also produced a basketball-style rejection after running 80 metres to deny them a try with the final play of the game.

His swagger was impossible to miss and something club coach Kevin Walters, a former Queensland half and coach, reluctantly credited to his time with the dominant NSW outfit in their two big Origin triumphs.

"We've been challenging Payne to do that; he's got to add some little variables and playing for NSW has really helped him," Walters said of his latest trick.

"Playing in that winning environment, I've noticed since he's been involved he's come back really confident."

Haas has been a standout for a Brisbane side that collected last year's NRL wooden spoon and only lifted themselves off the bottom of the ladder thanks to Sunday's win.

"It does do a lot for your confidence and I try and bring that back," Haas said of the Blues' positive vibes.

Brad Fittler's Blues have racked up a combined 76-6 scoreline this season, their backline tearing the Maroons to shreds.

Regular halves Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai will both miss the July 14 clash through injury.

But with Haas showing some playmaking ability of his own it will pose more problems for a side facing the most lop-sided series loss in Origin history.

"I've been working on it (the short pass), Kev all preseason has been into me about bringing a passing game," the 21-year-old said.

"It's hard sometimes when we are doing the tough yards, but it is in my game and I just have to use it at the right time."

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