NSW five-eighth James Maloney says there is no risk of the Blues becoming complacent heading into Wednesday's State of Origin decider.
NSW playmaker James Maloney knows what it's like for his side to be pegged as being as being almost unbeatable favourites - only to taste bitter defeat.
And with the Blues on the verge of winning back-to-back State of Origin titles for the first time since 2005, he's adamant there's been no evidence of players appearing self-satisfied in camp.
After notching their second biggest ever win during Perth's game two, and buoyed by an in-form side with strike across the park, NSW will enter Wednesday's decider as raging hot favourites.
Queensland meanwhile have been given short shrift by the pundits due to the loss of superstar Kalyn Ponga.
But it's a position Maloney knows all too well.
Two years ago Queensland were touted as being in an unwinnable position after being soundly thumped 28-4 at home.
Then with NSW up 16-6 at halftime at ANZ Stadium in game two, many thought the series was a foregone conclusion.
But from there a double to Dane Gagai and a 78th minute Johnathan Thurston penalty goal got the Maroons home before they comfortably took out the decider.
Maloney bristles when asked if complacency could be an issue with his side given they are so heavily favoured to take out the decider.
"A few people keep asking me that, I don't know how there could possibly be complacency in an Origin decider," Maloney said.
"I think it's a non-issue. I don't understand how someone could go in complacent in a decider.
"Queensland will be at their best, they always are in deciders, history tells us that."
Brad Fittler's side had their fair share of hiccups early in their preparation with Tariq Sims scratched because of suspension and Nathan Cleary because of an ankle injury, with David Klemmer and Mitchell Pearce brought in last week.
But it's been smooth sailing since then.
The Blues are battling against history, having lost the last seven deciders during Queensland's sustained period of success.
On the 19 occasions the series has come down to the last game, the Maroons have dominated, winning on 13 occasions and drawing another two.
And of the seven deciders in NSW, the tally stands at Queensland four, NSW two with one draw.
"Everyone makes a lot of deciders, I don't think they're any different," Maloney said.
"The mindset is exactly the same as game two, we had to win. And we have to win again.
"Whether it's the final game and you've got to win or whether it, like was last year and we had to win the second game to win the series, I don't think the game is any different."