Marked man Tedesco relaxed for Origin II

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James Tedesco says he's not fazed by Queensland's efforts to tighten up the middle for Origin II

James Tedesco expects Queensland to make life harder for him in Sunday's second State of Origin clash, and it doesn't faze him one bit.

Tedesco produced the best game by any NSW fullback this decade in Melbourne, earning man-of-the-match honours as he busted through 13 tackles, scored one try and set up two others in the 10-point win.

But Queensland have shown time and time again throughout their 12-year reign that they are quick learners.

Never was that clearer than last year when Andrew Fifita ran 50 more metres in game one than he did in the following two games combined.

"I don't think those opportunities will be as big as they were in game one," Tedesco admitted.

"Obviously they will tighten up their defence in the middle and know that's where we're coming.

"With Slater coming back and other players coming in, obviously they must win so it's a big game for us."

Not that he is concerned.

The Sydney Roosters fullback spoke after game one about his positive mindset being the difference between that and past performances.

And part of his seize-the-moment mentality includes not being concerned by how Queensland try to shut him down.

"I'm not worried or thinking about who I'm coming up against," he said.

"It's more my personal preparation, I was really happy with how I prepared for game one and I'm doing the same for game two.

"I think we can't worry about Queensland too much."

NSW had their final full training session at Coogee Oval on Thursday, before a day off Friday and captain's run Saturday.

Injured prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard also returned to camp to watch on, while both James Maloney (glute) and Latrell Mitchell (neck) were back in full contact.

The Blues will enter the match as the shortest ever priced favourites they've been in the 38-year history of Origin, but have been burnt before after leading the series in 2013 and 2017 but failing to lift the shield.

And five-eighth James Maloney - who played in both those series - said it was hard to tell if this was a more confident group than in those years.

"I don't know about feels," he said.

"Sometimes it feels good and it doesn't go so good. Other times it doesn't feel good and it goes well. It's hard to say if it feels different and it's going to turn.

"It's irrelevant. ... I don't think it all correlates.

"We need to make sure everyone of us plays our best and we'll be right on Sunday."