Monday 19 March 2018 / 02:00 PM


Queensland secured a come-from behind series victory by demolishing New South Wales 22-6 in the third State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night. Here ‘s how we saw each of the 17 Maroons players in terms of their performance.

1. Billy Slater

It’s amazing that after all he has been through with injuries, Slater has come back to the top levels of the game and looks as good as ever. He ran free, constantly challenging the line with fleet-footed carries, and popped up where he was needed. It was his second-phase effort which laid the ground for the opening try. In defence he read the NSW kicking game well, so often getting to them on the full to start the set on a positive note. 8.5/10

2. Valentine Holmes

Three tries and over 100 metres. The Cronulla Sharks flyer did everything that was asked of him in Game 3. His Origin career is off to a great start. A nice addition to have on the edge of the field. 8/10

3. Will Chambers

Chewed through plenty of work on his way to just under 150 metres, and was pretty sound in defence. Got stripped of the ball at what looked to be a pivotal point of the match, but it went unpunished. 6.5/10

4. Michael Morgan

Nice inside ball for the Holmes opener. Made a couple of questionable decisions in defence, as you would expect from someone playing out of position at this level. 6.5/10

5. Dane Gagai

Didn’t get the attacking opportunities he was afforded in the first two games, but remained nice and busy and showed class in everything he did. A deserving winner of the Wally Lewis Medal as the Player of the Series. 7/10

6. Cameron Munster

One of the great State of Origin debuts. Simply brilliant in attack, setting up a pair of tries with athleticism and clever passing, he played like a seasoned pro at this level. Was also flawless in defence despite having to make 21 tackles. Queensland’s best. The future looks bright. 9.5/10

7. Cooper Cronk

Drove the bus perfectly as usual. Kept his teammates composed in the heat of battle and added plenty via his individual touches. His kick for the second try was perfection and showed the confidence and execution which makes him a champion. 7.5/10

8. Dylan Napa

Set the standard well in the middle. Refused to back down and found another level as the contest heated up in the second half. 7/10

9. Cameron Smith

His best game of the series. Got out and ran from dummy-half, helping set up the second Holmes try with a line break. Controlled the game from the bottom of the ruck and got through a mountain of work. 8.5/10

10. Jarrod Wallace

After a quiet Origin debut in the second match, Wallace was more like the player we have seen at club level for the Titans at Suncorp Stadium, bringing a consistent presence in the middle of the field. 7/10

11. Gavin Cooper

Got through 43 tackles on his edge and showed he can star in this arena without his usual edge partner in Johnathan Thurston. An underrated figure in the 2017 series revival. 7.5/10

12. Matt Gillett

Much like Cooper, he got through a mountain of work off the footy and just kept showing up in the right spots. 7.5/10

13. Josh McGuire

Spent just over an hour on the park and got involved in a bit of everything. His mongrel was useful in the opening exchanges as the Maroons set the tone. 7.5/10

14. Ben Hunt

Played only the final nine minutes. 3/10

15. Josh Papalii

Delivered the most impact of the Queensland bench forwards, bringing some punch to the party via 80 run metres from eight carries. 6.5/10

16. Coen Hess

Had a bigger role to play than he did in Game 2, and handled it well. Solid without standing out. 5.5/10

17. Tim Glasby

On hand to take advantage and make a rare line break through the middle. Good yardage gained and much improved on defence, where he made a couple of really nice reads. 6.5/10

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