Friday 19 January 2018 / 02:26 PM


The Maroons were outclassed by New South Wales on home turf to open the 2017 State of Origin series. Here’s how we saw the performance of all 17 Queensland players at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

1 Darius Boyd

Clever on the ball and came close to setting up and scoring tries on a number of occasions. Nice and safe without being dynamic, but did run for just under 100 metres. 6/10

2 Corey Oates

Good outing for the young wing. Produced a great take for his try off a Cooper Cronk kick and did his share of work out of yardage. 7

3 Will Chambers

Had it over opposite number Josh Dugan early in the piece, but fell away in the second. Could find himself in some hot water for his tackle which ended Mitchell Pearce’s night. 6

4 Justin O’Neill

A liability in defence, coming up with eight missed tackles, while he also had with the clumsy drop out of yardage which gifted NSW their third try. 4.5

5 Dane Gagai

The fact that a winger was among Queensland’s best players on the night kind of sums the game up. Gagai was lively down the right, running for 220 metres. Looked the Maroons’ most likely in attack. 7.5

6 Anthony Milford

Brought some real energy to the contest at the start. Dangerous on a number of carries in the first half, had he not been injured (concussion protocol) early in the second period, it’s likely he would have been one of Queensland’s better players. 6

7 Cooper Cronk

Produced a brilliant kick for Oates’ try and was his usual efficient self. Worked as hard as any player on the park. 7

8 Dylan Napa

Went off on 31 minutes with an injury, but returned to finish off a solid Origin debut. Was damaging early on. 6

9 Cameron Smith

Got around the park well and set up a first-half break with good vision. Ultimately suffered behind a pack who were badly beaten. Made the equal-most tackles (41) along with Josh McGuire. 6.5

10 Nate Myles

Missed his assignment on Fifita which led to the first try, and the unhappy night just continued. Had a couple of errors, didn’t achieve much in yardage and really struggled with the pace it seemed. 4.5

11 Josh Papalii

Along with McGuire he was Queensland’s best forward. Carried for 110 metres, and some of them were tough ones which left a defender on the ground.7

12 Matt Gillett

Pretty classy on his edge as always. Got through plenty in defence, but with that also had seven misses. Should have scored in the second half, but for a miraculous tackle from James Tedesco on the line. 6.5

13 Josh McGuire

The best big man in Maroon in Game I. Played all but 12 minutes, carrying the Steeden 14 times for 126 metres, along with 47 tackles. 7.5


14 Michael Morgan

Added plenty when he came on, getting involved in the tough stuff in the middle. Couldn’t find the breaks he wanted, but an ideal bench man for this side. 6

15 Sam Thaiday

Nothing too exciting on either side of the footy. Made more tackles than any other Queensland bench player (26). 5.5

16 Aidan Guerra

Had some classy touches, at one point combining nicely with his edge to come close to scoring, with the play eventually stopped when Josh Dugan stripped the ball from his grasp over the line.6

17 Jacob Lillyman

Did what was asked of him and was consistent on both sides of the footy. One of the players who will come under pressure from Jarrod Wallace for a Game II spot. 5.5


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