"I'll be disappointed if we got carried away with one game".
"I have spent the last 39 games helping players and putting the team in a good position".
Hayne looked delighted to be back playing Origin, launching into his usual "Hayne Plane" try celebration and even jumping into a patch of NSW supporters in the crowd after scoring his 10th career try for the Blues.
And Milford would not be protected.
With the forward pack NSW has picked - the likes of Andrew Fifita, Boyd Cordner, Josh Jackson, David Klemmer and Tyson Frizell - I just think that we have started to make some real inroads over the top of the Queensland forward pack through the middle third.
"There's something about Origin that makes him tick".
From there, Queensland lost their debutant five-eighth Anthony Milford to a head knock, in what was a mixed debut for the rookie.
Making his first appearance for NSW since 2014, Hayne picked up nearly right where he left off with an impressive display. But this is the next step up.
This means up to two players could pay the price for what was the Maroons' worst performance in recent State of Origin history. Things went bad to worse for the Maroons as they conceded two tries in the space of 5 minutes.
The Blues were installed as bookies favourites for game one in Brisbane for the first time since 2005 - and NSW didn't like it one bit.
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Toronto (31-33) saw its modest two-game win streak snapped before 39,404 on a glorious evening with the Rogers Centre roof open. Toronto's Justin Smoak threatened in the sixth with two men on but his long drive was caught at the left-field fence.
"But they always try and find a way to rally the troops and have that us against them mentality. He's a great player and he showed that with a couple of his plays that got us on the front foot, how damaging he can be".
Daley has warned his team about the pride of the wounded Maroons. "He was in control", Daley said.
"Queensland will have Thurston back, I don't know what they're going to do with Billy but if Billy comes back into the side and JT comes back into the side, they're a different team".
"They will be as well prepared as ever, they'll be as tough as ever and our guys need to understand that because this is the time that they like". But they're no longer the latter - although the return of the injured Johnathan Thurston in match two in Sydney will undoubtedly help.
"I didn't see it to be honest with you. Honestly, I didn't see it", Daley said. "They certainly try and dominate the ruck, we didn't have much room to move a year ago".
The first hour of the State Of Origin series opener was all about the Blues' unbelievable combination of size and strength.
Like his father, Dylan has established himself as one of the most brutal defenders in the NRL, making a point of picking out the biggest, baddest hombre on the other side of the field and sitting them fair on their backsides.
Walters hit back, though, saying Daley's complaints were a case of the Blues coach "doing his best for NSW".
The two teams put on nearly the flawless half of football to open the game, Tedesco's desperate effort to reach out and score when he was brought down inches short the only mistake in 37 sets of football.
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