APN'S Sports Desk rates the Queensland and NSW State of Origin sides following NSW's victory over Queensland on Wednesday night.
Billy Slater 7 ½
Tremendous courage at the back taking a stack of high balls, and plenty of metres gained.
Darius Boyd 5 ½
Quieter than usual game at a level he usually dominates.
Justin Hodges 6 ½
Got better as the game went on, showing all his experience and maturity with some key carries.
Greg Inglis 6
A threat at times, but not the danger he usually is at fullback.
Brent Tate 7
One of Origin's tough characters. Small in stature and big in heart as shown by his courageous runs before an unfortunate knee injury.
Johnathan Thurston 7 ½
Showed glimpses of his class in attack and repeatedly brought down Jarryd Hayne in defence.
Daly Cherry-Evans 6
Spirited effort by a man carrying a bad knee injury into the game.
Matt Scott 6
Strong early start, but ended with a fracture cheekbone which curtailed his effectiveness
Cameron Smith (capt) 7 ½ Always produces a terrific high tackle count - took on extra playmaking responsibilities for the injured Cherry-Evans.
Nate Myles 8
One of Queensland's best, standing up to a desperate opposing forward pack.
Sam Thaiday 8
Queensland badly missed him in game one - provided pleny of punch in attack.
Matt Gillett 7 ½
Tremendous all-round game and great season continued in the Origin furnace.
Aidan Guerra 7 ½
A player who could be around at this level for years to come.
Chris McQueen 6 ½
Had to fill a stop-gap role on the wing and tried hard
Jacob Lillyman 5 ½
Ben Te'o 6 ½
Backed up a strong game one with another strong performance.
Dave Taylor 5 ½
Some dynamic runs, but a silly forced offload late in the game put his team under pressure inside his own 30m.
NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Jarryd Hayne 8 ½
Try-saver on Sam Thaiday one of the plays of the night, and always an attacking threat.
Will Hopoate 6 ½
Great courage to play through an arm injury.
Michael Jennings 6
Not the usualy dynamic performance of past games.
Josh Dugan 7
Terrific performance playing out of position - plenty of hard yards.
Daniel Tupou 6
Largely missing, but a couple of runs displayed his athletic prowess.
Josh Reynolds 5 ½
A few crucial errors and poor decisions - saved by his tireless forwards.
Trent Hodkinson 7
Tremendous temperament with the game on the line to score a try and kick the winning goal.
Paul Gallen (capt) 9
What more can you say about this guy - ran his heart out all night again.
Robbie Farah 7 ½
Strong kicking game and a real leader of men.
Aaron Woods 8
Seems to revel in the physical stuff.
Ryan Hoffman 8 ½
Consistent, persistent and never gave up in attack and defence.
Beau Scott 8
Typical firebrand game - never backed down.
Greg Bird 8
James Tamou 5 ½
Outshone by the work of Bird, Gallen and Hoffman.
Anthony Watmough 5 ½
Twenty tackles made up for making just over 40 metres.
Trent Merrin 6
Good impact late in the game with the Blues on the march.
Luke Lewis 6
Never lets anyone in the Blues jumper down.
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