State of Origin Game II: NSW player ratings
Greg Bird of NSW in action during State of Origin between Queensland and New South Wales (AAP Image/Julian Smith)
Here are my New South Wales player ratings from the second game of the 2012 State of Origin series against Queensland at ANZ Stadium.
NSW Player Ratings
The Manly fullback was shaky in the first half, almost conceding a try in his own in-goal. But he fought back well and burrowed over for a try, then supported Carney brilliantly to grab a second.
Hot and cold for the Eel. Again solid on the wing, good in defence and dangerous with the ball in hand but made a few mistakes. Pulled a rabbit out his hat by setting up the flukiest of tries with a knock-on-cum-toe-ahead.
Quietish in the first half but tackled well and attacked the line well to test the line.
Few opportunities to run the ball but dependable in defence against Greg Inglis. Great second half try and opportunistic to be in the right place at the right time.
Came up with a howler at the end of the first half, not jumping to catch a bomb which was seized on by Ben Hannant for a Queensland try. Failed under the bomb with Tate tapping to Inglis. He was ok when running the ball and nearly scored – perhaps too honest.
Much, much better than Game I. Was very good in defence and kicked better in general play, also setting up a try. Though only kicked two goals from four attempts.
Made some really good hits in defence and was solid without being flashy in attack.
Didn’t come on in the first half but did his job in the second.
One of the Blues best. Kicked well out of dummy half and worked his arse off in defence. Made a heroic 66 tackles.
Typical warhorse display from the Cronulla captain, showed great leadership.
Well contained by Queensland again, will little chance to show his ball-playing ability, but defended strongly.
Made an impact when he came on in the first half with some tackle-breaking runs. Then smashed several Queenslanders as he defended like a man possessed in the second 40.
Not huge minutes but was handful for the Maroon defence.
Like his former Cronulla teammate Gallen, this was another workman-like performance from a player who relishes the tough stuff. Picked up the man of the match award.
Was strong early, putting Petero on his bum with the opening tackle. Had a good debut and will retain his spot.
Didn’t get huge minutes but didn’t let anyone done when he was on,
Again struggled to get into the game, with little minutes and not much impact, and again will be under pressure to keep his spot.