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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