Queensland Maroons player ratings: State of Origin Game 3

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    It might be a mystery to fans of other sports, but Origin just doesn’t do dead rubbers. Queensland have won 18-12 at Suncorp Stadium to prevent the whitewash and remind the Blues just how close the series actually was.

    Queensland pummelled the Blues early on but the men from down south were resolute in defence, like someone hadn’t told them the series was already wrapped up.

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    Queensland went into the sheds at half time with 70 per cent possession. That’s not rugby league, that’s Barcelona FC. That’s Pep Guardiola. But all they had to show for it was one measly intercept try.

    The home side came home strongly in the second half, running through a tired Blues defence. Here are the player ratings for the Queensland Maroons.

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    Billy Slater (c): 8
    Kayln Ponga may sweeten the blow, but the Maroons – and eventually rugby league in general – are going to miss this man.

    He was everywhere for the Maroons in attack and defence, chiming in perfectly for Valentine Holmes’ second try. Deserved to wear the captain’s armband for his service across the past decade.

    Valentine Holmes: 8.5
    Forget the two tries, forget the last ditch defence – Holmes won the game for Queensland with his Odell Beckham Jr grab with four minutes to go. He’s talked about wanting to play fullback for the Maroons, but with marks like that he could play full-forward for the Brisbane Lions.

    In fact, right now, probably anyone could.

    Dane Gagai: 8
    What’s up is down, what’s black is white, and hamburgers eat people. Dane Gagai outran James Roberts in the first half and I don’t know what to believe anymore.

    Gagai was excellent for the Maroons, not putting a foot wrong throughout the game and running 193 metres.

    Dane Gagai

    Dane Gagai (R) of the Maroons. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

    Will Chambers: 6
    Chambers had a quiet match and looks the man to miss out next year when Greg Inglis returns.

    Corey Oates: 6
    Oates was given a great opportunity to make the spot his own but failed to capitalise. Made a few good runs in attack to give the forwards a hand.

    Cameron Munster: 7.5
    According to Fatty Vautin, Munster’s “a real footballer” – which usually means he reminds you of the bloke at work who kills it at touch footy but has a smoke at halftime.

    Fortunately for Munster, he’s a lot better than the bloke at work – although he still looks like he enjoys a durry from time to time. Gets half a point just for the moustache.

    Daly Cherry-Evans: 9
    We still don’t know who DCE pissed off to get his name black-marked from Origin for the past few years, but on the back of this performance all should be forgiven. Flawless short and long kicking game all night from the Manly man who must be given the No.7 for the foreseeable future.

    Daly Cherry-Evans

    Daly Cherry-Evans of Queensland (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

    Jai Arrow: 7
    Arrow answered some of the criticism levelled at him after the last game with a good opening stanza. Was a bit quiet after that, but still played his best match of the series.

    Andrew McCullough: 6
    McCullough was dangerous at times but the Maroons really clicked into gear when Ben Hunt went into the hooking role.

    Josh Papalii: 7
    Only played 26 minutes – the lowest of anyone in Maroon. Still managed to carve it up when he was out there.

    Gavin Cooper: 7.5
    There’s little doubt he misses club-mate Johnathan Thurston and the short passes that would send him over the line, but there’s still plenty more to Gavin Cooper. Looked dangerous in attack and threw the final ball for Cherry-Evans’ match winner.

    Felise Kaufusi: 7
    An 80-minute performance from Felise, he is warming into Origin and starting to make the position his own.

    Josh McGuire: 7
    Got through a load of defensive work to top the Maroons tackle count with 34 and generally just did Josh McGuire things.

    Ben Hunt: 7

    Hooker, not half, seems to be his position. Big tackle on Tariq Sims led to a reaction and the Maroons’ second try while the whole side looked more dangerous when Hunt was on – particularly when they didn’t let him grubber.

    Jarrod Wallace: 6
    Only played 31 minutes but looked solid enough to silence some of the doubters.

    Coen Hess: 7
    The big man was one of Queensland’s best going forward and looks to be the lynchpin of the next generation of Maroons forwards.

    Tim Glasby: 6
    Glasby did everything a Bellamy-coached forward should, making tackles and hit ups and generally just looking the part. Overshadowed by the others in the forward pack.

    Total: 120.5/170

    Coach couture: 10
    From Kevin Walters rocking the ‘Tony Montana in the mansion at the end of Scarface’ look to Brad Fittler looking like a missing Wiggle in his black skivvy, we’ve probably never had a set of better dressed coaches.

    Queensland Maroons coach Kevin Walters (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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    • July 12th 2018 @ 3:08am
      Graham said | July 12th 2018 @ 3:08am | ! Report

      Cleary ends his origin series without a single try, assist, line break or line break assist across 3 games. He also lost the territory battle with his kicking and forced a single dropout while tackling below 80%.

      Worse than Mitchell Pearce. Hope NSW select him again next year. Honest question: has there ever been a half for either side with worse stats over a series?

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        July 12th 2018 @ 4:38am
        DingoGray said | July 12th 2018 @ 4:38am | ! Report

        Thats controversy…..

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        July 12th 2018 @ 1:36pm
        Kaks said | July 12th 2018 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

        Ah yes, let’s forget that NSW clearly went in with a game plan of letting Maloney do all the work while Cleary played a supporting role…

        Let’s also forget the try assist Clearly made but it was ruled out because Klemmer had to trip someone…

    • July 12th 2018 @ 4:38am
      Fraser said | July 12th 2018 @ 4:38am | ! Report

      I wasn’t aware that anyone was criticising Jai Arrow after Game 2. I thought he was easily the best forward for Queensland, and was rightfully promoted to the starting line-up as a result. He had another very good game, and a great series overall.

      Cooper had a great game. His stats across the board were outstanding, except for a few missed tackles. Doesn’t really look like he has the legs to be there next year, however.

      • July 12th 2018 @ 4:54am
        Graham said | July 12th 2018 @ 4:54am | ! Report

        Probably NSW media claiming we were about to drop our best forward 😀

    • July 12th 2018 @ 5:21am
      Forty Twenty said | July 12th 2018 @ 5:21am | ! Report

      Cleary was still better than Ben Hunt.

    • July 12th 2018 @ 6:30am
      Graham said | July 12th 2018 @ 6:30am | ! Report

      Player ratings for the series for me

      Addo-carr: 7 a hair between him and gagai all series. 2 tries, fast, some important line breaks and a few shakey moments in defence
      Cleary: 3 Probably the most inocuous performance of a half I’ve ever seen at origin level (was he worse than berrigan/wagon?). Tackled at 79%, 0 tries, assists, lbs, lb assists, lost the territory battle with the boot and only a single forced dropout from 3 games
      Inglis 7 a rock in defence and causing problems in attack all series
      RCG: 7 I was critical of him before the series but he performed reasonably well in his one game tackling at 93% and making a bunch of post contact meters
      Hook: 10 far and away NSWs over the series almost perfect in attack and defence.
      Vaughan: 4 poor in defence and attack
      Sims: 5 actually an ok game apart from the occasional brain explosion
      Peachey: 3 invisible
      Arrow: 9 perfection in defence and decent with the ball
      Mcculough 7 wasn’t a bad series for him but needs to improve
      Mitchell 7 Jeckyl and Hyde performance but very good when on
      Roberts 5 surprisingly quiet for such a talented player. Struggled a bit in defence
      Angus Chricton 5 par in defence and weak in attack
      Ponga 7 playing him out of position probably cost QLD game 2 but no fault of his own. He showed a lot of promise
      Gagai 6 showed brilliance in attack and unlucky not to have the winning try in game 2. Was a liability in defence
      Holmes 8 brilliant in attack but his goal kicking cost QLD the series. QLD need to find a 1st choice kicker
      Slater 7 brilliant at winning territory as well as slowing and speeding the game up. Not as much killer instinct as in his prime but gee a good player for 35.
      Papali 9 perfection in defence and made some good hard yards
      Kaufusi 7 shaky in game 1 but really grew into the series
      Hess 8 does this guy ever miss a tackle? So talented at nrl and showing glimpses of his powerful running game. Has a very high ceiling
      Napa 5 tackled at 85%, maybe the selectors see something I don’t
      Klemmer 6 par in defence par in offense
      Frizell 8 Excellent in defence
      Wallace 5 par in defence not great in offence. Worth sticking with imo
      Todesco 9 2 tries, 2 assists, 3 line breaks, try saving tackles. Threw an intercept pass his main blemish
      Munster 6 concussed in the first game, a little queit in the 2nd and a match winner in the third. He can improve
      Hunt 6 decent game in game 1 where he got a 40-20, line drop out, lots of meters with the boot and an assist. Made an infamous mistake in game 2 with the series begging. Showed a lot of impact as a hooker against a tired team game 3
      Cooper 8 tackled his heart out, involved in tries and general play, made a lot of meters. Missed a few too many tackles for mine but nonetheless it was an origin performance
      Jake watsovic 9 NSW best forward. Perfect in defence and cause headaches with the ball
      tom wingervic 8 intercept try, made a lot of meters looks decent

      • July 12th 2018 @ 6:46am
        Graham said | July 12th 2018 @ 6:46am | ! Report

        Oops forgot DCE 8 very patient in attack forcing a lot of dropouts and gaining territory and scoring the winning try. Below his vaunted standards in defence but good enough

      • July 12th 2018 @ 8:45am
        Peter said | July 12th 2018 @ 8:45am | ! Report

        Re your comment on Holmes’ goal-kicking. I guess you didn’t see last night’s effort, then. His 6 points from 3 goals just happened to be the winning margin.

        • July 12th 2018 @ 8:51am
          Graham said | July 12th 2018 @ 8:51am | ! Report

          they were all gettable kicks really but the first was a little trickier. Its no critcism of him, its not his job at club level we need a specialist
          I think NSW missed one goal kick all series with quite a few from out wide

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          July 12th 2018 @ 4:42pm
          Emcie said | July 12th 2018 @ 4:42pm | ! Report

          3 tries to 2 was the difference, not goals

          • July 12th 2018 @ 6:46pm
            Peter said | July 12th 2018 @ 6:46pm | ! Report

            Whatever. I bow to your superior wisdom. I was merely observing that “must find a new goal kicker” was, in my view, a bit over the top.

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              July 12th 2018 @ 6:57pm
              Emcie said | July 12th 2018 @ 6:57pm | ! Report

              Sorry mate, didn’t mean to offend. Just saying that if that 3rd try isn’t scored there isn’t the chance for that extra goal kick. There’s no doubt goal kicking has been an issue and it was certainly cost QLD in game 2

    • July 12th 2018 @ 9:23am
      Diplomatt said | July 12th 2018 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      (Disclaimer NSW supporter) I’d give Gavin Cooper an extra 1/2 – 1 point for his act of sportsmanship in the second half where he stopped a NSW player being lifted into a dangerous position. Possibly just preventing a penalty but in game where the players are really out there to hurt each other I thought it was impressive. Massive respect for Mr Cooper.

      • July 12th 2018 @ 9:56am
        kk said | July 12th 2018 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        Agree D.

        Gavin should audition for the lead in a remake of ‘High Noon’ He is a natural.

        Holmes and Cooper were standouts.

    • July 12th 2018 @ 11:15am
      Mike Dugg said | July 12th 2018 @ 11:15am | ! Report

      Next year Inglis replaces Chambers, Macca drops out with Hunt at hooker and Morgan at 14, and Ponga replaces Slater at the back.
      Arrow really isn’t a prop. I’d return mcguire to his natural prop role and Arrow to his club role of lock. Papalli showed he should be the starting prop moving with Wallace seemingly better off the bench. Cooper should be replaced by the returning Gillette. Kaufusi should come back stronger in attack and defence. Offa replaces the solid Glasby next year as well

      • July 12th 2018 @ 4:37pm
        Tom said | July 12th 2018 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

        I didn’t think Oates did much to cement a spot, I’d get him out and move Gagai back to the wing

        • July 12th 2018 @ 5:01pm
          John said | July 12th 2018 @ 5:01pm | ! Report

          Agreed, I would rather give Feldt a crack before giving Oates another go.

          Having said that I don’t think Hunt did much to cement a spot either, I reckon he played himself out the team.

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