Queensland player ratings for Origin I


1. BILLY SLATER – A sore shoulder made him a target but pushed on and gave NSW a headache. 8

2. DARIUS BOYD – Fluffed a chance to score from a Hodkinson error, but was always on hand. 6.5

3. GREG INGLIS – Spent most of camp in hospital and boy, did he look out of sorts. Was kept busy in the opening exchanges but lacked his usual flair and energy. 4

4. JUSTIN HODGES – NSW won’t miss him next year. At his niggly best and an asset to the Maroons. 7

5. WILL CHAMBERS – Had 23 runs for a massive 234m and added his first Origin try along the way. A mainstay-in-the-making. 7

6. JOHNATHAN THURSTON – Didn’t miss a beat in his 31st straight Origin game, except for a 45m penalty that could’ve sealed the game with 10 minutes left. 8

7. COOPER CRONK – Scored the Maroons’ first try and sealed the win with an easy field goal in the closing minutes. Revelled under the pressure. 9

8. MATT SCOTT – At his brutal, hard best. A fearless warrior. 8

9. CAMERON SMITH (c) – Man of the match with a team-high 41 tackles. Can this man do no wrong? 9

10. NATE MYLES – Made a couple of errors and looked spent. 6

11. AIDAN GUERRA – A constant in attack and defence, almost scored a try. 7

12. SAM THAIDAY – Nearly caught NSW out with his quick play-the-balls and a dozen runs. Played a part in Chambers’ try. 7

13. COREY PARKER – As usual, paved the way for Thurston and Cronk to do their magic. 7.5


14. MICHAEL MORGAN – Made the most of his limited minutes, making three runs for 31m. 6.5

15. JOSH McGUIRE – Ran hard and looked every bit the seasoned Origin player – not a debutant. 7.5

16. MATT GILLETT – Not the standout he needed to be with Josh Papalii wanting his spot. 6

17. JACOB LILLYMAN – Perhaps a little stunned by the speed of Origin, but nonetheless a solid effort. 6.5

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