Wednesday 21 March 2018 / 02:46 AM


New South Wales had no answer for what the Maroons brought to Game 3 of the 2017 State of Origin series, going down 22-6 in limp fashion. We rated the performance of every Blues player on the field at Suncorp Stadium.

1. James Tedesco

Super reliable once again for NSW and was their best player through the series. Cleaned up time and time again at the back and put his hand up for the gutsy runs when required on Wednesday, finishing with 180 metres. 8.5/10

2. Brett Morris

Made a desperate last-ditch punch to deny Cronk a try on 18 minutes. Handled his side of the park well in defence, but had little to do in attack. 6.5/10

3. Josh Dugan

Went up and over Holmes for a try which gave NSW a sniff. Didn’t do too much wrong. 7/10

4. Jarryd Hayne

Had little involvement on the ball, but once again was pretty good in defence alongside Morris. 5.5/10

5. Blake Ferguson

Helped out through periods where the Blues were constantly working the ball out of their own end, but otherwise hardly had an impact. 5.5/10

6. James Maloney
Laid on his side’s only try with a nice kick. Made the effort to track back on a Tim Glasby break when the rest of his teammate stopped and thought it was a knock on, eventually saving a try. Was never found wanting in the effort department, 7/10

7. Mitchell Pearce

A couple of really poor reads in defence, including racing out of the line to let Cameron Munster go around him and set up a try. To his credit he did also make a few big effort plays. While much of the criticism sent his way is over the top, the fact is Pearce went missing at key moments, struggled to execute in his kicking game and missed eight tackles. 5.5/10

8. Aaron Woods

Had some really lazy moments in defence, particularly around marker. Was pretty well contained by Queensland in his carries. 6/10

9. Nathan Peats

Tackled himself into the ground once again, making 40 across his 70 minutes on the park. Covered so much ground and made all the extra efforts. But it meant he had little left in the tank for attack, and as a result he couldn’t generate anything with the ball. 6/10

10. Andrew Fifita

Where was the guy who can dominate on the biggest stage? Fifita can be so much better than this. His failure to track back gave Queensland a free run to the line on the Jarrod Wallace try. 6/10

11. Boyd Cordner

Looked like he was hampered by the injury he carried into the match. Brave enough to carry for 149 metres with 22 tackles. Got found out on the fourth try of the match, with Munster spotting him up and breaking the line. 6.5/10

12. Josh Jackson

Not one of his better rep performances. Came up with a sloppy play the ball which started the Maroons’ scoring spree. Outside of the first half he didn’t get an opportunity to show what he had, as the game was all but over when he returned. 5.5/10

13. Tyson Frizell

Put his hand up to do more than his share of the tough stuff in the opening exchanges, and dished out some real punishment in defence. 7/10

14. David Klemmer

Just about NSW’s best forward through this series. Once again he entered via the pine to alter the momentum of the match for a period. Averaged a touch over 10 metres per carry, and made his presence known. 7.5/10

15. Wade Graham

Kept the defence honest with his ability to ball-play at the line, and added some variety in what was otherwise a fairly one-dimensional Blues pack, mixing up his runs. Discipline was a bit of an issue though. 6.5/10

16. Jake Trbojevic

It doesn’t seem to matter how the rest of his team go, Jake T just turns up and does the job you expect of him. Spent only 43 minutes on the park but put it to great use in running for 130 metres. Queensland didn’t allow him to get his second-phase going. 7/10

17. Jack Bird

Played more minutes but struggled to impose himself on the fixture. It’s a difficult role to play and it looked like Bird was a little lost out there. To his credit he did go looking for work. 5.5/10

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