Payne Haas admits he is able to simplify his game when playing for NSW as he feels a weight lift off his shoulders in the Blues pack compared to leading the Brisbane middle.
Haas will come off the bench in Wednesday night's State of Origin opener, the Blues's reserves seen as stronger than their Maroon counterparts.
The Broncos prop has remained one of the best front-rowers in the competition this year, running more than 38 metres per game more than the next best Brisbane forward.
His output in a struggling side even prompted Broncos coach Kevin Walters to label it "embarrassing" that teammates weren't going with him up front.
But in NSW camp he is one of several in-form forwards, with others well and truly creating momentum with him.
"It does (simplify my game)," Haas said
"When you are playing with the best players and everything is so simple you just need to do your job to the best of your ability.
"When you play with all them guys it makes your job a bit easier as well. All I have to worry about is doing my job.
"It is a little bit (of a weight off the shoulders)."
Haas is one of just three players in the NSW side from a team outside the top eight, which he believed had also lightened the mood in camp.
And Haas said that was a far cry from the Broncos side that has won just three of 13 matches this year.
"I'd be lying if I said it doesn't suck. I love the Broncos and I love all the boys but it does suck at the moment," a candid Haas said.
"It is good coming in here with all these players in form and just learn off these guys."
Haas is still expected to play big minutes off the bench for the Blues, where NSW have a big size advantage over the Maroons.
An analysis of the two benches show that NSW's three big men weigh in 25kg heavier than their Queensland counterparts Jaydn Su'A, Moeaki Fotuaika and Joe Ofahengaue.
Junior Paulo and Liam Martin's ball-playing ability and footwork has also meant the NSW bench have broken the line more often and been involved in more tries in the NRL this year.
"I think (the size) does help, especially with Junior's ball-playing skills and how he runs hard," Haas said.
"I think that's really going to help against this Queensland team. I reckon we use Junior and Yeo with their ball skills and we can move them around.
"And plus we can use Saf (starting prop Daniel Saifiti) and myself we just like to run the ball."
NSW players broke camp on Friday after Bob Fulton's funeral, and are set to reconvene on Sunday for training before flying to Townsville on Monday.