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State of Origin: NSW coach Laurie Daley under pressure to make changes after game one loss

ABC GrandstandABC Grandstand 2/06/2016

Daley has only ever axed one starter mid-series. © Matt King/Getty Images Daley has only ever axed one starter mid-series. Laurie Daley is under pressure to ditch his pick-and-stick policy after the Blues coach's contentious selection of Dylan Walker backfired spectacularly in State of Origin I.

Picked as a potential gamebreaker, Walker endured a nightmare Origin debut after being thrust into the fray with nine minutes remaining and the match on the line.

Forced to make 11 tackles while seemingly filling a forward's role, the backline utility then fumbled possession trying to milk a penalty after his first touch.

Daley's famous loyalty will be put to the test when he weighs up whether or not to persist with Walker.

His tactics too have come under heavy criticism, with the Blues showing little imagination in their constant attempts to go around the Maroons defence on the back of a pack that more than held its own.

"We had a new six, seven and one. Most coaches will tell you when you are putting a spine together that takes time," he said.

"I thought they combined really well. (I was) happy with how they went. They will be better in game two for it."

Daley needs to go back to the drawing board in a bid to keep the series alive with victory in Origin II in Brisbane on June 22.

In his fourth year as Blues coach, Daley has only ever axed one starter mid-series, winger Nathan Merritt after his game two howler on debut in 2013.

He also relegated reserve forward Andrew Fifita after last year's series opener, but that was to make way for the inevitable return to the squad of suspended captain Paul Gallen.

'I never felt this sore', says Qld debutant Oates

Queensland captain Cameron Smith, although delighted with the 6-4 win, said the Maroons need to improve to win game two in Brisbane.

"We can't be complacent about moving into game two and thinking that going back to Brisbane is going to get us a victory," Smith said.

"We need to prepare well like we always do and we obviously need to play better than what we did in game one to get a victory."

Maroons debutant Corey Oates said the match was the toughest he had played in and was feeling a little worse for wear on Thursday morning.

"I never felt this sore and hopefully I can get another chance in game two and, you know, wake up just as sore I think," Oates said.

"I just kept saying how unbelievable the atmosphere was last night and all the boys just keep telling me, they just say 'mate, just wait till you get to Suncorp, it's just another level'."

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