100th State of Origin: How we rated Qld and NSW players

Queensland's Darius Boyd scores a try during Game I of the 2014 State of Origin rugby league series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
Queensland's Darius Boyd scores a try during Game I of the 2014 State of Origin rugby league series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

Queensland Maroons

Billy Slater: One of Queensland's best all night. At the forefront of most sweeping backline plays and safe under the high ball. 8

Darius Boyd: Who said this man had poor club form? Answered the call at Origin level once again with a double courtesy of some great finishing. 8

Greg Inglis: Quieter than his usual self at fullback at club level. Halfback Cooper Cronk's injury affected his involvement. 6

Justin Hodges: Not a lot of attack from him in first half, but brushed off his achilles to set up some threatening raids late in the game. 6

Brent Tate: Great involvement in first try, coming from right side to left side to set up Boyd's try. Handled some bombs for Daniel Tupou well and was tough as nails as usual. 6 ½

Johnathan Thurston: Quieter than usual as the Blues targeted him in defence, and missed key tackles in lead-up to first two tries to Blues. Didn't run the ball once in the first half. 5 ½

Cooper Cronk: Left game early with broken arm and Queensland struggled without him. 4

Matt Scott: Some heavy duty work in the middle as always. 6 ½

Cameron Smith: 20 first-half tackles. Another whole-hearted effort. 7

Nate Myles: Hit like a sledgehammer in defence and tireless with the ball. 7 ½

Chris McQueen: Made a bust early but not much involvement after that. 5

Matt Gillett: Threatened near the line on numerous occasions. 6 ½

Corey Parker: Quieter than usual with the Blues dominating possession. 6

Daly Cherry-Evans: Didn't do anything wrong after coming on for Cronk, but took some time to settle in. 5 ½

Ben Te'o: Some brilliant runs with the ball. 6 ½

Aidan Guerra: Ran great angles. Will be a very good player for Queensland in years to come. 7

Josh Papalii Quiet in first half, before producing some solid hits including a bone rattler on Blues captain Paul Gallen. 5 ½



Jarryd Hayne: Brilliant game. He did everything. Ran, kicked and passed to near-perfection, while also showing great strength to wriggle over for a try. Then crucially foiled a dangerous Johnathan Thurston grubber with two minutes left. 9 ½

Brett Morris: Great finish for NSW first try. Popped shoulder in process. Then a try-saver on Boyd with six mins left. Great courage and terrific defence. 9

Josh Morris: Beautiful link up with Hayne to set up his brother Brett for first NSW try. 8

Michael Jennings: Down on his usual game-breaking display. 6

Daniel Tupou: After some early jitters under the high ball, recovered to take some threatening Daly Cherry-Evans bombs. 6

Josh Reynolds: Involved in everything and always there in support. Made 50m in first half with his high energy, and always threatened to poke through a hole. 7 ½

Trent Hodkinson: Justified his controversial selection with a solid display and some neat kicks. 8

Aaron Woods: Very good ball playing and running near line. Much more involvement and all-round confidence than last year. Good hit up in lead up to NSW first try. 8 ½

Robbie Farah: Scheming and creative as always. 8 ½

James Tamou: Strong in attack all night. 7

Ryan Hoffman: Solid as usual in a Blues jumper. 7 ½

Beau Scott Missed tackle led to an early Chris McQueen break. His only blemish. Pulled off some scorching try-savers, including the match-saver on Billy Slater on the final play. 9

Paul Gallen: Tireless captain's knock once again. 9

Trent Merrin: Offered some handy impact off the bench and continues to grow in this arena. 6 ½

Anthony Watmough: High impact off the bench with plenty of hit-ups after coming on midway through first half. 7 ½

Luke Lewis: Not as involved as previous Origins but it didn't matter because fellow back-rowers Gallen and Scott were outstanding. 6

Tony Williams: Some big runs attracted multiple defenders. 6

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