Origin Game 3: Player Ratings

After a heart-stopping clash between the Blues and the Maroons, we look back at how each player performed

James Baxter
Wed, 10 Jul, 12:00 AM



James Tedesco 10/10

Can we give him 11/10? Maybe we should. The matchwinner. The Player of the Series. The best in the world.

Blake Ferguson 8.5/10

Was solid and reliable with the hard yards out of their own end but then entered Origin folklore to set up Tedesco’s match winning try with twinkle toes down the ANZ sideline. Superb effort.

Tom Trbojevic 6.5/10

Quiet night especially compared to his Perth extravaganza. But was solid in defence to save a try and linked well with Ferguson.

Jack Wighton 7/10

Great defensive hustle throughout from the Canberra star. Latrell Mitchell might not be back anytime soon if Wighton keeps delivering for Fittler like this.

Josh Addo-Carr 6/10

 Did nothing wrong – was just quiet on attack with NSW favouring the opposite flank.

James Maloney 6/10

His best feature was perhaps goalkicking. Repeat errors in the second half kept Queensland alive, including some bad kicking options.

Mitchell Pearce 6.5/10

Didn’t overplay his hand and reaped the benefits. His role in Tedesco’s try ensures he got his redemption.

Daniel Saifiti 5.5/10

Made the most of his opening stint and that was it. Didn’t miss a tackle and looks a keeper for the Blues.

Damien Cook 9.5/10

The best player on the field whose name isn’t “Tedesco.” What a talent the Bunnies hooker is. Torched the heart of the Maroon defence for fun to score, set up another try, three line break assists…he’s the total dummy-half.

David Klemmer 7/10

Hard to believe there wasn’t room for him in the original squad. Helped set the tone for the Blues and a pain to keep down.

Boyd Cordner 7/10

NSW’s heartbeat. Works his backside off and was always ready to make the hard hit-up. Now a two-time winning captain.

Tyson Frizell 6.5/10

A more defensive effort from the Dragon, only three runs but a whopping 47 tackles. Selfless.

Jake Trbojevic 7/10

Like brother Tom, not as outstanding as game 2 but valuable nevertheless. 38 tackles without a miss.

Paul Vaughan 7.5/10

Underrated impact – his try got NSW back into the contest before the half but even before then, Vaughan helped shift the momentum with his introduction. What a bench weapon.

Dale Finucane 6/10

Typical performance – a workhorse in a condensed stint.

Cameron Murray 6.5/10

A crafty addition second half. Showed his wits in a 1-on-1 steal with Queensland on the ropes and was trusted by Fittler to be out there with the series in the balance. Great debut series.

Wade Graham 2/10

A torn hamstring ended his stint early, but his game 2 heroics won’t be forgotten.





Cameron Munster 9/10

 Munster was inspirational and his state’s heartbreaking defeat shouldn’t detract from how good the fullback was. 5 tackle breaks, 181 run metres, a try saver when down 20-8 to bat down a pass which stirred the Maroons back to life. A rough night when you play a 9/10 performance and you’re still not the best fullback on the pitch.

Corey Oates 6/10

Some strong carries but a soft handling error in the second half compounded pressure on the Maroons.

Moses Mbye 6.5/10

 Justified the call by Walters to promote him to centre. Looked dangerous as an edge ball-runner, just didn’t get enough opportunities.

Will Chambers 6.5/10

His performance was summed up when he made a powerhouse linebreak and knock on all in the one play – mixed.

Dane Gagai 5.5/10

Put his body on the line but didn’t make an impact in attack like we know he’s capable of at Origin level.

Corey Norman 7/10

 Certainly added needed spark to Queensland’s attack highlighted with his grubber to set up Kaufusi’s opening try. He faded in the second half somewhat, understandable given his debut.

Daly Cherry-Evans 7/10

A solid effort from the captain – played a big hand in his side’s comeback but he’ll regret his harmless bomb off Queensland’s final set which ultimately set up the match winning try.

Joe Ofahengaue 6.5 /10

 A bright future in the Maroon middle, not an outstanding performance but he was busy and made an impact in defence.

Ben Hunt 7.5/10

An impressive position playing out of his normal halfback role. The hooker remained a defensive target but stood his ground as well as possible and his roaming when chasing points was also when the Maroons looked more dangerous.

Josh Papalii 8.5/10

One of his best Origin performances. Delivered big minutes, solid run metres and his bulldozing try showed his potential to be Queensland’s forwards leader.

Felise Kaufusi 6/10

Went from hero to near zero. Showed great hustle to score the opener but increasingly became a liability with ill-discipline and handling leading to NSW points.

Ethan Lowe 8.5/10

One of the best forwards on ground. Worked his socks off with a stunning 53 tackles, 102 run metres, a critical late chargedown all the while slotting 4/4 on debut. A certainty for selection next year.

Josh McGuire 8 /10

A hell of an effort to beat four Blues defenders to score and give Queensland hope with 8 minutes to go. A workhorse effort throughout.

Michael Morgan 3/10

Can’t fault his bravery but before he got knocked out by McGuire’s elbow, he didn’t positively impact Queensland’s attack by kicking out on the full. Only a brief stint.

Christian Welch 5/10

Made the most of limited minutes, was better with ball in hand than without, missing three tackles in his stint.

Tim Glasby 2.5/10

Minimal gametime, minimal involvement with just three hitups. His time might be up.

David Fifita 3/10

His biggest involvement was being beaten by Damien Cook on the way to the hooker’s scorching try. Unideal.



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