1. JAMES TEDESCO 7.5
Heavily involved in everything the Blues did in attack taking early carries and using fast feet and change of direction. NSW second best player.
2. BRIAN TO’O 6.5
Targeted all night under the high ball on the Blues left wing but squeezed the glutes and handled everything thrown at him.
3. KOTONI STAGGS 4.5
Limited opportunities but looked dangerous given the slightest amount of room. Forced off with a shoulder injury early in the second half.
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4.JACK WIGHTON 8
Robust, outstanding all-round display. Justified his selection at left center by scoring the opening try through brute strength. Produced try-saving defensive read on DCE in the opening half and huge shot on Lindsay Collins. Brilliant performance. The Blues’ best.
5. DANIEL TUPOU 6
Produced a brilliant take off a cross-field bomb but the pass to James Tedesco was ruled forward. Was constantly coming in midfield for tough carries.
6. JAROME LUAI 6
Tried hard to provide variety in attack and produced two try assists and two line break assists.
7. NATHAN CLEARY 6
Queensland did a brilliant job with kick pressure limiting the Blues halfback’s creativity on last tackle options. Cameron Munster is class above.
8. PAYNE HAAS 6.5
Ripped in and was the Blues only forward to run for more than 100m.
9. DAMIEN COOK 7
Brilliant bullet pass to pave the way for Jack Wighton’s opening try of the game. Made a game high 49 tackles alongside Maroon debutant Reuben Cotter.
16. REAGAN CAMPBELL-GILLARD 6.5
Went hard in his return to the Origin arena and came up with some outstanding scrambling goal-line defense.
15. LIAM MARTIN 6
Made 40 tackles and scrapped and clawed on the Blues right edge.
12. TARIQ SIMS 5.5
Fought hard but could be under pressure to retain position in the side for Origin II in Perth. Needed an absolute belter to ensure continued selection.
13. ISAAH YEO 6.5
Got whacked in the opening hit of the game and stumbled out of the Josh Papali’i hit up. Surprisingly stayed on the field. Went awfully close to scoring under the posts in final play of the game.
14. STEPHEN CRICHTON 4
Unhappy night. Was placed on report for lifting above the horizontal with opening tackle of the game. Stripped of the ball by genius Cameron Munster with Blues on the attack in the second half.
11. CAMERON MURRAY 5.5
A rare bad night. Failed to run though the line on the stroke of halftime to deny Paulo a try which would have put NSW back in front. Offload intercepted in second half. Scored good late try but Queensland dug in.
10. JUNIOR PAULO 6
Made presence felt when injected into the game and unfortunately had a quality try denied due to a Cameron Murray obstruction.
17. RYAN MATTERSON 5.5
Carried the ball hard but only had very limited opportunities.