Origin 3: NSW Blues player ratings

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    State of Origin 3 NSW player ratingsNew South Wales weathered Queensland’s ‘perfect’ storm for 25 minutes to be just 6-0 behind, but the floodgates then opened to be 24-0 down and the game all but lost. We evaluate the NSW players: who got it right, and who went missing for the Blues.

    NSW Blues player ratings:

    Anthony Minichiello

    ‘The Count’ turned into ‘Butterfingers’. Minichiello made a lot of crucial mistakes, highlighted by his inability to gather a Darren Lockyer kick when he played at the ball with his knees, enabling Queensland winger Jharal Yow Yeh to pounce and score a soul-destroying try.

    Not the fullback’s greatest game.

    Rating: 5

    Jarryd Hayne

    Outstanding. Was brilliant in defence, and even better in attack. It seemed like he burst through the Maroons defence every opportunity he was given, and it’s ridiculous to think he wasn’t selected in game I.

    Rating: 8

    Mark Gasnier

    His ball security was once again questionable. Threw the final pass that led to Uate’s try, but was uncharacteristically quiet in attack all series long.

    Rating: 5

    Brett Morris

    Like Gasnier, his ball security cost NSW dearly in the first half. Showed again that when given space, he’s a dangerous and speedy customer. But surely that should be true of any winger at this level?
    Rating: 5

    Akuila Uate

    Runs the ball back as hard as winger in recent memory. NSW have found themselves a real gem in the Newcastle flyer, and he’ll challenge for the title of best winger in the world over the coming years.

    Rating: 7

    Jamie Soward

    Has a tendency to stand too deep in attack, which means he needs to kick the ball 10 to 20 metres further than necessary to be truly effective. It’s a strange quirk in his game that needs to be addressed.

    However, whilst he missed his body guard, Beau Scott, he certainly proved once and for all that he belongs at this level.

    Rating: 6.5

    Mitchell Pearce

    Only had one kick in the first 25 minutes, and he booted it out on the full. Totally unacceptable for an halfback to practically disappear for the first 30 minutes in each game of an Origin series.

    Stuart labelled him the best halfback in the game, but he’s not even in the top five this season. When a team lacks structure in attack, the halfback needs to take full responsibility.

    Rating: 4

    Greg Bird

    Made a great burst and subsequent pass to put Morris in a gap in the first half, and managed a zero-value consolation try, but otherwise, was far from his best. Only showed glimpses of what he’s capable of.

    Rating: 6

    Ben Creagh

    Tried hard, but Queensland were wise to his tactic of running inside his ball players, and they were there to meet him every time he attempted the play. Lacked impact.

    Rating: 5

    Glenn Stewart

    Did a mountain of work in defence, as you would expect of someone replacing Beau Scott. However, whilst he threatened on the fringes, he lacked the impact in attack that I thought he might have.

    Rating: 6

    Paul Gallen (c)

    Once again, was NSW’s best forward, and made an incredible 52 tackles in defence. If you’re looking for a reason that the Blues lost this series, look elsewhere. Their captain was sensational again.

    Rating: 8

    Michael Ennis

    The niggly hooker was injured early and didn’t return.

    Rating: 3

    Tim Mannah

    The Parramatta prop showed some early desperation in saving a try, but when that’s the highlight of your night, you’ve had a tough game.

    Rating: 4


    Kurt Gidley

    No one doubts his class, and his dummy half play and passes was certainly more crisp that Ennis. But he just didn’t seem in sync in attack. Perhaps it was due to the fact he had to make over 40 tackles in defence.

    Rating: 5.5

    Luke Lewis

    Worked hard, and threw an unbelievable pass that led to NSW’s first try. But you’ll go another 30 games before you see him miss tackles and make the mistakes that he did last night.

    Rating: 6

    Anthony Watmough

    His unbelievable leg power, and keenness to get involved ensures he’ll always be the ideal Origin bench player. A constant threat to Queensland with his low-to-the ground runs.

    Rating: 7

    Keith Galloway

    Was given limited opportunity, and did nothing wrong – but nothing of note either.

    Rating: 4

    Ryan O
    Ryan O'Connell

    Ryan is an ex-representative basketballer who shot too much, and a (very) medium pace bowler. He's been with The Roar as an expert since February 2011, has written for the Seven Network, and been a regular on ABC radio. Ryan tweets from @RyanOak.

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