State of Origin Game 1 - Player Ratings

State of Origin Game 1 is in the books. What a belter of a game for the NSW fans and an absolute bludger of a game for their QLD counterparts. Here is a review and rating of every player who took part in last night’s fast paced encounter.

Thu, 1 Jun, 1:32 AM


State of Origin Game 1 is in the books. What a belter of a game for the NSW fans and an absolute bludger of a game for their QLD counterparts.


Here is a review and rating of every player who took part in last night’s fast paced encounter.



James Tedesco – The boy could do no wrong. Racking up 189m, 2 line breaks, a try and a try assist, Tedesco is deserving of being the long-term number 1. – 9.5/10


Blake Ferguson – One of the few NSW players who put in a poor performance. Horribly mistimed his jump for the Oates try – 5.5/10


Josh Dugan – Average game for Dugan, looked a bit out of sorts which shouldn’t be a surprise considering he’s a fullback playing out wide. – 6/10


Jarryd Hayne – Great attacking performance, linking with Morris and palming O’Neill in the face were highlights. Defensive issues showed him up a bit. – 7.5/10


Brett Morris – Worked well with Hayne and made up for Hayne’s defensive liability. Solid game all round – 7/10


James Maloney – Really stepped up to the plate especially when Pearce went down. A dumb penalty or two as is standard for Maloney but otherwise did his best and used our stronger forward pack. – 8/10


Mitchell Pearce – As expected Pearce had a good game. He’s changed his style of play and when asked to shoulder a big load stepped up and handled it well. Not perfect but good by origin standards – 7.5/10


Aaron Woods – He needed to step up after the bad press he’s received and he did. A strong performance against a weaker QLD forward pack. – 7/10


Nathan Peats – NSW you’ve found you’re next hooker. Good service from the ruck, strong in defence, put his body on the line and looked like an Origin player. – 8/10


Andrew Fifita – A deserving man of the match performance. Fifita was a beast and kept the Queenslanders guessing with his movement and offloads – 9.5/10


Josh Jackson – Jackson played extremely well in the opening exchanges when playing at a frantic pace. Didn’t get the most game time but certainly will be back for Game 2. – 7/10


Boyd Cordner – May not be the most vocal captain but 151m and 32 tackles paints a clear picture. Great effort. – 8/10


Tyson Frizell – Played a quieter role than he had last year but in the end not much more was needed. Solid in defence. – 6.5/10




David Klemmer – We expected a big game from Klemmer and we got just that. 172m when Woods and Fifita went off was a key reason NSW excelled.  – 8.5/10


Wade Graham – Played his part in two tries, added a line break assist and helped out organizationally once Pearce went off. – 8/10


Jake Trbojevic – Solid debut as expected. Did his job, didn’t set the world alight but played a great role in a try-saving tackle with Teddy. – 7/10


Jack Bird – Chatter about Bird playing hooker was put to rest with Pearce’s injury. Bird played in the halves, was fast, decisive and dangerous. A perfect utility. – 7.5/10



Darius Boyd – Rather absent in this encounter. Hard to see Billy Slater not making a comeback in Game 2. – 6/10


Corey Oates – Easily one of the best on ground for the Maroons. A lot was asked of him early when the pace of the game was frantic and he handled it well. He won’t be switched out for Holmes anytime soon. – 8/10


Will Chambers – Played his usual aggressive style and put an early end to Pearce’s night with that hit. Strong in attack. – 6/10


Justin O’Neill – Bye Bye O’Neill. Dropped balls, concussions and missed opportunities should put an end to O’Neill’s origin career after last night. – 3.5/10


Dane Gagai – Had a good game despite the score line. Playing with O’Neill on his inside would’ve only made it harder. – 6.5/10


Anthony Milford – A lot of questions were asked and they were answered. Wasn’t too bad in defence was a sparkplug in attack and for a debut in the halves didn’t do too much wrong. – 7/10


Cooper Cronk – Solid without being spectacular. Cronk evidently missed his partner in crime and tried his hardest to steady a sinking Queensland ship. Solid but more expected for Cronk standards. – 7/10


Dylan Napa – Loved what I saw from the big fella in the early exchanges. In the short time he was on the field he showed aggression, passion and a willingness to add that extra bit of grubbery. Long term Origin prop for sure – 7/10


Cameron Smith – Captain fantastic was great once again. As a hooker playing behind a beaten batch of forwards there wouldn’t have been too much else he could do. – 7.5/10


Nate Myles – Thoroughly outplayed as expected. Not entirely his fault. Shouldn’t have been selected in the first place. – 5/10


Josh Papalii – Needed to step up and did all he could to do just that. Solid without being spectacular. 110m was a good showing. – 7/10


Josh McGuire – Surprisingly effective game for McGuire. Hard to fault 2 line breaks and 110m in a beaten forward pack. Respect. – 7.5/10




Michael Morgan – Played a very Michael Morgan type game off the bench. Supported well, tried to make inroads and didn’t do anything really wrong. – 6/10


Sam Thaiday – More was expected. Hardly any impact. – 5/10


Aidan Guerra – Still can’t believe he didn’t score. Average at best. – 5/10


Jacob Lillyman – Did his job, nothing outstanding. – 6/10



By Nik Hatzi

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