State of Origin: Queensland Player Ratings

Queensland have gone down 22-12 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but how did their players fare?


Queensland has fallen victim to a young New South Wales side in the opening game of the 2018 State of Origin series but how did the team go as individuals?

Michael Morgan – 6

Filled in admirably at fullback and came up with some clutch tackles at the back end of the game, but unfortunately for Queensland is no Billy Slater. 

Valentine Holmes – 8

Great performance from Valentine Holmes including a longe-range intercept try that kept his side in the game, converted all goals and ran for over 200 metres.

Greg Inglis  – 8

A true captains performance from Inglis, did everything he could to inspire his team by leading through his actions. Will make a great Queensland captain. 

Will Chambers – 4

Had some nice moments but came up with a costly error that led to the Blues first try, lost his composure in the key moments.

Dane Gagai – 7

Played through an injury to his finger sustained in the week, took the tough carries and didn’t let anyone down.

Cameron Munster – 6

Look dangerous all night but couldn’t quite capitalise on the chances he created. Will continue to grow in the Origin arena.

Ben Hunt – 9

Outstanding performance from the new Queensland halfback. Defended excellently and popped up wherever he was needed, finished with a try-assist and a 40/20. Couldn’t have done more to help his side.

Dylan Napa – 6

Did his best to contain a strong New South Wales forward pack, ran hard and tackled hard. Tough player. 

Andrew McCullough – 7

Notched up 50 tackles in a solid debut before being replaced for Anthony Milford. Could’ve run the ball more but did his very best . 

Jarrod Wallace – 5

Struggled to make ground against a tough Blues forward pack, will need to lift his game in future Origins.

Gavin Cooper – 6

A safe and reliable performance from Cooper tonight, did his job and was solid in defense.

Felise Kaufusi – 5

Mixed night for Kaufusi, made some good tackles and ran hard but a few misreads in defense and costly mis-tackles let him down.

Josh McGuire – 8

Great performance especially when considering he hasn’t played football in a month. One of Queensland’s only forwards to trouble the Blues.

Anthony Milford – 3

Entered the game late and had little impact. Looks out of his depth in the Origin arena, in Hindsight Kevin Walters might’ve left McCullough out there.

Josh Papalii – 7

Very good performance from the Raiders enforcer, made ground with the ball and made his tackles.

Coen Hess – 5

Tried hard but like many Queensland forwards had little impact against a tough opposition. Effort was there and will probably retain his spot for game two.

Jai Arrow – 6

Limited game-time but shined when out on the field, Queensland will need him to play bigger minutes in game two, definition of an Origin player. 

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