Having seen his team go so close on so many occasions, New South Wales coach Laurie Daley says Wednesday nights Origin opener will be won by the team that plays right to the final whistle.

Daley’s team faces a Maroons outfit without stars Greg Inglis, Johnathon Thurston and Matt Scott and will go into the match slight favourites.

Daley (pictured) though has been here before and he knows all too well the danger posed by a proud Queensland team that is never beaten while time remains on the clock.