Fringe Queensland forward Jarrod Wallace expects a post-season State of Origin campaign to be ideal for players.
NSW hope two final training sessions on traditional AFL and cricket grounds help prepare them for the oval shape of the MCG on Wednesday night.
The Blues wrapped up training in Sydney on Sunday at the SCG before flying to Melbourne, a ploy by coach Brad Fittler to help players assimilate to the different shape of the ground.
Like Queensland, they will then have than final captain’s run on the MCG on Tuesday as they finalise preparations for the series opener.
Fittler himself played on the MCG twice for the Blues, and is well aware of the difficulties it can present for halves and to a lesser extent wingers in terms of spatial awareness and fielding kicks.
Just two NSW players have run out on the ground before in the 2015 series, but they were Boyd Cordner and David Klemmer who are largely unaffected.
Crucially, there are no true ovals used in the NRL, with matches moved to regional areas usually the only games played on such grounds.
NSW also used Coogee Oval as a training base over the first week of the camp, but the set up of the ground with fences made for much more of a rectangular feel.
Blues winger Josh Addo-Carr said he’d noticed a difference training on the SCG on Sunday.
“It’s the same kind of field isn’t it? It was real open and it felt real empty,” he said.
“Everyone has their preparations and does their extras.
“Running out at the MCG, I can’t wait to experience 90,000-plus. I’m looking forward to it.”
Sunday’s session also gave the Blues a chance to go back to their original roots, given NSW used the SCG as a home ground until Allianz Stadium was opened in 1988 and won their first series there in 1985.
“There’s a lot of history there, so it was great to be out there,” prop Jake Trbojevic said.
“It was good to get familiar with it. You’ve got to get your bearings and everything. I think the boys got a lot out of it.”