Wednesday 21 February 2018 / 08:37 AM


New South Wales let slip a 16-6 half-time advantage to fall to Queensland 18-16 on Wednesday and miss out on hoisting the State of Origin shield in front of their home fans. Here’s how we saw each of the Blues’ players in Origin II.

  1. James Tedesco

Well-timed pass for the Blues’ opening try and then drew and passed perfectly to set Mitchell Pearce up. Made some clever reads on kick defusals and got in the right spots defensively. Arguably NSW’s player of the series so far. He went off for a head injury assessment just after the hour mark and returned to play the final few minutes. 7.5/10

  1. Brett Morris

Made some big individual efforts in defence, containing Dane Gagai and Will Chambers well for the most part. Scrambled with urgency and accuracy. Finished his try well. 7/10

  1. Josh Dugan

Great effort to deny Michael Morgan a try right on half-time. Shifted to fullback for the final 20 minutes with Tedesco off the field and excelled with the increased involvement. 8/10

  1. Jarryd Hayne

Had a rollercoaster night at the office. Probably blew an easy try when he didn’t pass to an open Morris in the first half, while he made a couple of impatient errors in the second 40. He did however form a combination with Morris in defence which was solid for the most part. 5/10

  1. Blake Ferguson

Useful coming out of yardage, with 128 run metres. It was an otherwise quiet night for Ferguson, who didn’t get many chances in attacking territory. His work with Dugan on the edge looked solid. 6/10

  1. James Maloney

His needless tackle off the ball gifted the Maroons with the penalty which led to Valentine Holmes scoring the opening try. But he came up big a couple of times later in the match, making a line break and setting up a try. Looked like he was sent out onto ANZ Stadium with the task of harassing Billy Slater, and for much of the encounter he did a good job of it.7/10

  1. Mitchell Pearce

Will come under fire for his role in NSW not being able to close the game out, but Pearce did the job asked of him, steering his side around the park well. Made a great support play to score in the first half and threatened the opposition line with a few runs. 6.5/10

  1. Aaron Woods

Set the tone early with a stinging hit on Valentine Holmes which forced a knock-on. The Wests Tigers big man was strong in his first stint but struggled a little in the face of the Queensland comeback in his second. 6.5/10

  1. Nathan Peats

A busy man in the middle of the field, just as he was in Origin I, making a game-high 56 tackles. Had a limited role in attack, but gave good service from the bottom of the ruck. 7/10

  1. Andrew Fifita

Really struggled to make an impact for the most part and didn’t crack 100 metres, which for him is rare. Lacked fire in his runs and was a shadow of the man who took the field at Suncorp Stadium in the opener. 6/10

  1. Boyd Cordner

Just kept coming back for more on Wednesday night and led from the front once again. Cordner barged through for 148 metres and got through his tackles. He was distraught post-match. 7/10

  1. Josh Jackson

Super effective, especially early in the game, and managed his side of the field very well. Was awarded Man of the Match honours and didn’t put a foot wrong. 7.5/10

  1. Tyson Frizell

Much like Fifita, ‘Frizz’ struggled to replicate his Game I performance and wasn’t able to come up with too much to worry Queensland. Made a line break but otherwise nothing too impressive. 6.5/10


  1. David Klemmer

Delivered immediate impact off the pine, carrying for 89 metres in his first 18 minutes alone. By the end of the match he had barged his way to 173 from 16 carries. One of the best in the pack for NSW.7.5/10

  1. Wade Graham

Added some grunt from the interchange but also had some poor discipline which hurt his side at crucial times. 5.5/10

  1. Jake Trbojevic

Classy inside ball in the lead up to Pearce’s try. Busy on both sides of the footy and was a reliable presence for the Blues. Made an excellent try-saver on Cronk late in the first half. 7.5/10

  1. Jack Bird

Spent only 19 minutes on the park and plugged a couple of gaps for NSW. Was never really going to set the world alight in this one. 5/10

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