Origin III: Matt Parish

We caught up with Eels and NSW VB Blues Assistant Coach Matt Parish, on the field at ANZ Stadium after their final training session leading into tonight's massive Origin decider.


He says all their hard work and preparation comes down to tonight.


"This is a massive game, probably one of the biggest games of rugby league ever - and to have ANZ Stadium packed means a lot to the boys," he said.


"We've had a really good session and most of our preparation is now done, so the boys have to do their mental preparation and be ready for game day."


Parish admits it's tough without Paul Gallen and Jarryd Hayne, but says it's an opportunity for everyone else to step up and show their colours.


"Losing two experienced campaigners like Gal and Haynsey is a blow, and would be a blow to any team," he said.


"But it also means Josh Dugan at fullback needs to step up, and Aaron Woods steps up for Gallen. Everyone else has to do that little bit extra because he's not playing."


With more than 80,000 fans to descend on ANZ Stadium tonight, Parish says the Queenslanders are going to be giving their everything.


"Plenty! Everything they've got. They're a fantastic team, they've got great players all over the park. But we need to nullify them and we can if we turn up defensively and rip in right from the start."


Blues by how many?


"12. Maybe 14 - I'm pretty confident we can get it home!"


Click here to see our interview with NSW Blues head coach Laurie Daley leading into tonight's game.