Sunday 18 March 2018 / 03:16 AM


The slick New South Wales Blues were unstoppable on Wednesday night, putting in a dominant performance to power to a 28-4 victory in Game I. Here’s how each of the Blues performed at Suncorp Stadium.

1 James Tedesco

Awake to everything the Maroons sent his way, be it on the ground or in the air. Overcalled the play and set Pearce up for his try and then battled over for one himself early in the second. At one stage he saved two tries in one set up against his own line. Superb.9.5/10

2 Blake Ferguson

Got jumped over the top of on the Corey Oates try, and missed half as many tackles as he made across the 80. Didn’t have as much work to do as the other side of the field, but this wasn’t one of his better games. 5.5

3 Josh Dugan

Miraculous try-saver on Guerra with 10 minutes to go, but while that was a defensive highlight, Dugan also missed eight tackles and had some struggles. 6

4 Jarryd Hayne

Very effective in the centres. Overcame some early defensive issues to give his opposite number, Justin O’Neil, all kinds of nightmares. Scored a try and showed why he is at home at this level. 8.5

5 Brett Morris

Solid presence on the flank, Morris did everything asked of him. Got involved in the work to clock 15 carries for over 130 metres. 7

6 James Maloney

Missed eight tackles, but was really good in other areas. Organised play well, especially after his halves partner was forced from the field. Made a pair of line breaks and scored the opening try. 8

7 Mitchell Pearce

Good support play for his try. Went off on 50 minutes with a nasty head knock and was ruled out following assessment. Showed enough to suggest he will retain the No.7.5.5

8 Aaron Woods

Not as busy as his starting front-row partner, but Woods was quality on both sides of the footy. Carried for 136 metres despite being on the park for just over half an hour. 7

9 Nathan Peats

A busy man on Wednesday night. Justified his selection ahead of Robbie Farah by making 53 tackles and covering a whole lot of ground from dummy half. Played the full match and didn’t shirk responsibility. 7.5

10 Andrew Fifita

Lovely offload for the opening try. Went off with a head knock on 23 minutes, but returned late in the first half. Laid the platform for the second try. Was everywhere at Suncorp Stadium and it put in one of the greatest showings by a prop in Origin history.9.5

11 Josh Jackson

Played just over half the game and was particularly strong in the opening exchanges. Clean defensively and marshalled his edge well, but lacked any attacking punch. 6.5

12 Boyd Cordner

Really good effort from the new captain. Made a desperate tackle to deny Darius Boyd a try with five minutes to go and carried with intent, finishing with 151 metres. 8

13 Tyson Frizell

Didn’t manage to bring any of his destructive running which he is renowned for at club level. Did nothing wrong in defence, making 32 tackles, but you expect to see more from this guy on the ball. 6.5


14 David Klemmer

Played his role well, changing the tempo with his introduction. Made 172 metres and was easily the busiest bench man for New South Wales. 8

15 Wade Graham

Made a good impact as soon as he entered. Brought something different to the pack, showing lovely hands to assist Hayne’s try in the second half. 7

16 Jake Trbojevic

Nothing stunning in his numbers considering he played 45 minutes of the game, but you don’t expect that from a player on Origin debut. Didn’t let anyone down and was mostly error free. 6.5

17 Jack Bird

His rampaging carry minutes after coming onto the field, and subsequent quick play the ball, led to a second-half try for New South Wales. Played mostly at half in the absence of Pearce and stuck to what he does best in carrying the ball hard. A shoe-in to retain the bench utility role.

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