Rookies all deliver for Fittler and NSW

John Salvado
Josh Addo-Carr scored the final try of Origin I and was among several rookies to impress for NSW

NSW coach Brad Fittler is set to reward his 11 rookies with the opportunity to clinch the State of Origin series on home soil later this month.

Latrell Mitchell, Tom Trbojevic and Josh Addo-Carr all scored on their Origin debuts as they clinched the series opener 22-12 at the MCG on Wednesday night.

None of the 11 were overawed, although Trbojevic and Nathan Cleary will long remember copping huge hits from opposing skipper Greg Inglis.

"They are the future of our game and they nailed their first big opportunity," Fittler said.

"I'm very excited for them."

Fittler has won high praise for the relaxed mood in the Blues camp in the lead-up to Origin I.

He didn't stray from that approach on match-day, choosing to walk to the ground with his players from their nearby hotel, rather than by shielded from the fans in a bus.

"He's a calm character himself - it's Brad Fittler at the end of the day," Blues captain Boyd Cordner said.

"He's one of the best players to pull on this blue jersey.

"He's got the utmost respect from all of the playing group ... and I think tonight they wanted to repay that faith and do him proud and I think all of them did that."

Trbojevic - who missed out on an Origin debut last year because of a serious ankle injury - enjoyed the mood in the camp from the moment he arrived.

"I had all the faith in the squad Freddy selected and I was really happy I could do a job for him," the Manly flyer said.

"The big thing he talked to us as a back five was about transition.

"Everyone talked about how we were very good attacking-wise as a back five, but you need to carry the footy and that what I thought we did really well.

"Everyone just got in and did their work."

Mitchell, 20, said the occasion of his Origin debut exceeded his wildest expectations.

"I just did what I needed to do," the Sydney Roosters centre said.

"I focused on the team and was just happy with the performance.

"I felt like I went to another level tonight, I've set the standard and now I've got to take it back to my club.

"It's a mental game what I did tonight.

"I had to battle, I was struggling and my teammates got me through.

"Boyd was talking me up and Addo-Carr and Jimmy Maloney.

"You create that energy."