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1Brett Stewart

7

Very few attacking opportunities but a typical solid showing at the back. Most of the opposition kicks were directed away from him so there was not a great deal of kick return required.

2Jarryd Hayne

8

I thought he was the Blues' best on the back of going looking for the football and then displaying his potent running game. He is a much better performer when he plays to his strength and isn't spending time at first receiver. On a number of occasions he popped up on the opposite side of the field and as a result was a constant menace.

3Michael Jennings

7.5

Blotted his copybook by being sin-binned but for the other 70 minutes was highly involved and looked at his blinding best. Was involved in a number of line busts and it was only great scrambling defence that denied him. Unfortunately being off the paddock for 10 minutes hurt the team and stopped its momentum. It needs to be a real lesson learnt.

4Josh Morris

6.5

Started the game strongly but Greg Inglis gradually gained the ascendancy the longer the contest went on. He also had few chances with the ball in hand and his relationship in defence with Akuila Uate will need to be addressed.

5Akuila Uate

7

Copped a head knock which appeared to affect him to some degree but still managed to run the ball with his usual power. Did get caught in no-man's land on a couple of occasions and Queensland took full advantage putting Darius Boyd in for his double.

6Todd Carney

6.5

Very much a mixed performance by his standards with some really nice involvement countered by too many errors. Not putting the ball out on the full from a penalty was just one of a number of uncharacteristic mistakes. When the side was on their early roll he looked great.

7Mitchell Pearce

7

Drifted a little in and out of the contest but I still liked the majority of what he produced. Still not finding that dominant performance that he has publicly stated that he is looking for but there is definitely never any lack of effort.

8Paul Gallen

8

Another mighty showing from the skipper and I loved the way that he stood up for his team when he thought they were getting harshly treated. Another example of not losing his head through frustration but knuckling down to the task at hand. Plenty of carries and tackles and still going as strongly in the 80th minute.

9Robbie Farah

7.5

Continued his recent run of good form by coming up with another incisive and intelligent performance. Showed tremendous awareness in his dummy-half running and never missed an opportunity to scoot when the markers weren't in place. Kicked a lot more in general play than was expected.

10James Tamou

7.5

An outstanding opening stint from the big man and he was one of the main reasons that the Blues enjoyed the early ascendancy. Has a very valuable ability to bend the opposition defence back when he takes the ball at the line and invariably attracts plenty of defenders when doing so. This is very advantageous to the next ball carrier.

11Glenn Stewart

7

Toiled hard on the right fringe and it took some excellent defence from Johnathan Thurston and co. on that side to keep in check. He shapes as a player that is going to grow in stature as the series progresses and will be one of the men that the Maroons know must be constantly watched.

12Luke Lewis

6.5

Struggled to put his imprint on the game and was relatively quiet by his standards. Picked up another burner to his troublesome shoulder late in the contest but I don't think it caused him too many problems. Just one of those rare games where he worked hard but failed to feature.

13Greg Bird

7.5

His footwork troubled the opposition big men as did a couple of his off-loads. There were mistakes in his game but they are always made looking to do something positive for the team.

14Trent Merrin

7

A pretty decent effort off the bench that improved the longer the game went on. Good work rate but was unable to manufacture much second-phase play which is normally his strength but is also probably a wrap for the Maroons' defence.

15Jamie Buhrer

5

Very few minutes played so no real chance to have much of an impact. Had a brief stint as dummy-half during the second-half but was well contained.

16Ben Creagh

6.5

Seemed to play much tighter than usual and his power running was met by plenty of bodies.

17Tony Williams

6

Like Buhrer, didn't see a lot of game time and was a handful on a number of occasions but it was more pushing away from the defence than being able to bust it. Obviously he was always going to better for the run.

1Billy Slater

7.5

One of his quieter Origin games, he was solid and did some good things around the ruck. He didn’t get many opportunities, but was involved in one of the tries.

2Darius Boyd

8

Picked up two tries and was defensively really good. He had an outstanding game and showed that he belongs at this level.

3Greg Inglis

8

Wreaked havoc on the left side of the field, and terrorized the New South Wales right side defence.

4Justin Hodges

7

Limited opportunities, but great in defence.

5Brent Tate

8

Had that real Origin look about him, he has never let Queensland down. He did some nice Origin plays and you expect that from Brent.

6Johnathan Thurston

7.5

He steered Queensland’s attack and it was good to see him finally get that number six jersey. Played really well.

7Cooper Cronk

7

Was a little bit quite on the night, he tried a few things, he’ll be much better for the run. He did what he had to do.

8Matthew Scott

7.5

Led the Queensland forwards well through the middle of the field and that is where they won the game.

9Cameron Smith

7.5

Did what you expect from him, did well to overcome his illness. As always, controlled the middle of the field.

10Petero Civoniceva

7.5

The critics were saying that he was getting a bit old, but he answered them easily with a strong performance.

11Nate Myles

8

He was strong in defence, stopped a lot of the New South Wales attack, he just kept coming.

12Sam Thaiday

7.5

Quality performance from Thaiday.

13Ashley Harrison

8

He was in my top 3 players, continually working hard and cleaning up in the middle of the field. He plays that role exceptionally for us. Another player who lifted in the Origin arena.

14Matt Gillett

7

Good debut for Gillett, it was a big task for him, but had limited opportunities.

15David Taylor

7

He had a strong game without being dominant.

16Ben Hannant

7.5

One of the stronger runners for Queensland in the middle of the field.

17David Shillington

7

Queensland forwards led the way, they were under pressure by the quick players around the middle, but their performance was good enough to get the Maroons home.