The Sunshine Coast Daily

Origin player ratings

QUEENSLAND

1. Billy Slater – He was quiet for 75 minutes but, as he so often does, he crossed the line when it mattered. Expect him to explode some time in the series. 7.5

2. Darius Boyd – Upended club mate Gasnier twice and didn’t put a foot wrong. Queensland’s blessed to have him on the wing. 7

3. Dane Nielsen – Was targeted in defence all night and did his team proud. Doesn’t have the fend, speed or strength of Greg Inglis but he’ll do his job. 6

4. Willie Tonga – Injured a shoulder early in the match and struggled all game. He was clearly in pain but toughed it out and contained Gasnier. 5

5. Jharal Yow Yeh – Coughed it up early but there’s a reason he’s already played for Australia. Don’t worry about picking another number 5 for a while. 6.5

6. Darren Lockyer – Pulled out the big play when he needed to. He seems to get better as his voice gets worse. Fairytale send-off? 7.5

7. Johnathan Thurston – Didn’t dominate like he has in the past but his combination with Lockyer was what got them over the line. 7.5

8. Matt Scott – Carried it for 100m in the first 25 minutes. He’s an absolute bull and the best prop in the game. Finished with 155m and more than 20 tackles. 9

9. Cameron Smith – Was deadly out of dummy-half when the Maroons were on the front foot. Made his stock-standard 40-odd tackles too. Was man of the match but Scott was unlucky to miss that. 8.5

10. Petero Civoniceva – Played short stints but made them count. Averaged over 10m a hit-up and was always in the thick of the action. 7

11. Sam Thaiday – Was Queensland’s top tackler in the first half and made a mountain of metres too. His manicured eyebrows are the only thing pretty about the way he plays. 7.5

12. Nate Myles – Big in defence and attack. Like Harrison you barely notice him, which is a good thing. 7

13. Ashley Harrison – Ashley who? You don’t even notice this bloke on the field but his statistics tell a story. More than 100m and 30 tackles. 7.5

14. Cooper Cronk – At one point the ball went from Lockyer to Thurston to Cronk. And this bloke is apparently the poor brother in the three. 5

15. Corey Parker – Forced his way into the side at the expense of Dave Taylor. Doesn’t play with the same flair as Taylor but that’s not a bad thing. 5

16. Jacob Lillyman – Was nervous early with two errors but once he settled he was solid. His nickname’s Bull and he kept charging all night. 5

17. Ben Hannant – Fantastic off the bench. Huge carries and crunching tackles. Just edged out by Scott for the best prop on the park. 8.5

NEW SOUTH WALES

1. Josh Dugan – All eyes were on this guy and how he’d go replacing Jarryd Hayne. He didn’t play with his usual confidence but that will come in time. 6

2. Brett Morris – Horrible mistake to let Yow Yeh in. Fantastic club player who hasn’t stepped up at Origin level. 3

3. Mark Gasnier – Still has a cracking step and fend…when he isn’t being towelled up by Boyd. Thought he was playing French rugby when he chucked it out the back late in the match. 3

4. Michael Jennings – Found a hole then dropped it. Has been rubbish for Penrith and was horrible for most of the night before scoring to give them the lead. 5

5. Akuila Uate – Was peppered all night by cross-field bombs and held his own. The Blues would have loved him to find some space. A par debut. 5

6. Jamie Soward – Took a while to find his feet and drifted in and out of the contest. Barely saw any of his highly-rated kicking game. 5

7. Mitchell Pearce – Handled the kicking duties early but struggled to dominate the game. Pearce isn’t an outstanding halfback but he can do the job. 6

8. Jason King – Had a breather after just two hit-ups and 13m. Ended with four hit-ups for 25m. Not enough from a starting prop. 4

9. Michael Ennis – Was dangerous after coming off the bench. Somehow managed to drop the ball twice in two seconds but he tackled strongly. 7

10. Kade Snowden – Solid without being spectacular. Needs to get involved more if he’s their best prop. 6

11. Beau Scott – A very good defensive player. Ashley Harrison-like and rounds out a fantastic back row. 7

12. Greg Bird – Ran the ball well and tackled solidly. Set up Pearce and is a key part of attack and defence. Looked like a six-year-old girl when he tried to punch Parker. 8

13. Paul Gallen – Tackled his heart out and carried it strongly. Averaged over 10m a hit-up and is the heart and soul of this team. 8.5

14. Ben Creagh – Came off the bench and did a fair bit of defence. Did nothing in attack thought which he is renowned for. 4

15. Trent Merrin – Didn’t even know he was on the field. Made 25 tackles off the bench which isn’t bad.  4

16. Tim Mannah – If only his eyebrows brought special powers. Does his job in the front row. They could do worse. 5

17. Dean Young – Was a surprise starter and did his job. Made a stack of tackles but doesn’t do much with the ball. 6


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