Hopoate: Crowd Will Lift Us

NSW Blues winger Will Hopoate says he can’t wait to pull on the sky blue jersey again in front of a Sydney crowd for Game 2 of the 2014 Holden State or Origin series.

As they look to put the series away at ANZ Stadium with a second victory, Hopoate says the Blues will feed off the energy of the New South Wales crowd.

“It’s definitely going to be a help to us,” Hopoate said.

“It’s the more the merrier and the louder the better for us, and I’m just looking forward to being part of the atmosphere and this big event.”

When it comes to Hopoate’s family - which includes eight of Will’s brothers and sisters alone - it may be a stretch finding seats for every Hopoate in what is shaping up to be a sell-out crowd.

“It’s first in best dressed I suppose!” Hopoate said.

“Whoever comes will enjoy the experience and I’m just grateful that I feel their love and support.”

Game 2 also sees Hopoate move to the wing from his customary centre position at the Dyldam Parramatta Eels, playing outside St George Illawarra’s Josh Dugan. 

“I haven’t worked too much with Dugan before but he’s a great talent, great player and I’m looking forward to playing outside him,” Hopoate said.

“There’s a few different responsibilities there but I’ve played wing in the past so I’ve just got to adjust back.

“Knowing that I’ll be in the starting team and that the series is on the line once again, I’ve really got to prepare thoroughly throughout the week and next week to come prepared for Wednesday.”