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‘We must make up for what happened’

‘We must make up for what happened’ Written by GREG PRICHARD, February 21, 2016

WARRIORS and NSW second-rower Ryan Hoffman has opened up about how the desire to make amends for the flogging the Blues got in the series-deciding State of Origin III last year is a huge motivational force for him coming into this season.

NSW were smashed 52-6 at Suncorp Stadium, forcing them to hand back the shield they had finally gained possession of the previous year – after eight straight losing series. Hoffman, who turned 32 last month, started in all three games last season.

“Yeah, certainly, I’m always keen to be involved in the Origin scene. I take a lot of pride in wearing the Blues jersey,” Hoffman says. “We let a massive opportunity slip last year and you want to get back in, especially after that last game. You want to get back and try and make amends.

“Origin teams are selected according to which players are in form, so I’ve got to make sure my form is good for the start of the season and hopefully get into the side down the track and work hard to get that shield back.”

Hoffman says the feeling he experienced at the end of game three was horrible and that personal pride in performance was driving him to want to play in the next Origin game.

“Oh, 100 per cent, that’s one thing we all wanted at the 80-minute mark, looking up and seeing the scoreboard,” he says. “Seeing the hiding that we got, you thought ‘I can’t wait  for the 2016 Origin series’, because we really want to put that game behind us and make up for what happened.”

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