The Queensland Maroons have been demolished in Perth, utterly outplayed throughout the 80 minutes because the sequence was stored alive and despatched to a decider. Listed here are the participant scores for the lads from north of the Tweed.
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1. Kalyn Ponga – 5
It’s so laborious to get a learn on Ponga final night time. He struggled to get into the sport because of the truth the Queensland forwards simply bought repetitively rolled, however then, after a quiet exhibiting through the first half of Sport 1, would it not have even mattered?
His touches with the ball lacked any aptitude or hazard, and the Blues defenders, for essentially the most half, dealt with him fairly simply proper all through the 80 minutes.
I simply surprise if the event of taking part in in what’s his house state bought to Ponga somewhat bit as effectively, whereas the rain definitely didn’t assist issues.
Make as many excuses as you need although, on the finish of the day, it simply wasn’t a great exhibiting from the fullback.
2. Corey Oates – 7
Corey Oates was, for mine, the perfect Queenslander on the park. It doesn’t imply a lot in a lack of this dimension, and positive his defence goes to want work, however he went in search of work, not like most of the different Queenslanders.
He was ready to take the laborious run and attempt to get his workforce out of hassle, and ending with virtually 40 put up contact metres is a testomony to that.
Many of the defensive errors weren’t strictly his fault both, with Michael Morgan struggling to place on the within.
three. Michael Morgan – 5
Morgan had extra run metres than another Queenslander, which undoubtedly has to rely for one thing. He got here in and regarded for work repeatedly, and had one or two moments when he was harmful and searching like he may create one thing.
It was a troublesome night time for the skin backs with the forwards struggling and the climate, so it makes that accomplishment all the higher.
Sadly, his defence was a let-down, however once more, not a shock taking part in out of place in these situations, lacking three out of his six tackles.
four. Will Chambers – three.5
Chambers Origin spot could be in query if there have been different choices. An actual wrestle for him final night time as he made a ridiculous eight missed tackles, had an unbelievably gradual play the ball velocity when he did contact the ball, made simply 44 metres from 5 runs and in addition got here up with a pair of errors.
A very poor recreation for Chambers.
5. Dane Gagai – four.5
Gagai was in South Sydney mode final night time. Most pundits are sometimes amazed at simply how effectively Gagai goes within the Origin area, the place he’s a confirmed performer, regardless of his typical membership kind going into the cauldron every year.
In Perth although, he actually wasn’t good in any respect. Defensively torn up on the sting, and in any other case struggling to do something with the footy as he solely completed with 69 metres from ten runs, whereas his typical Origin efficiency hurls the kitchen sink at opposition defenders.
A troublesome night time for the winger, who must bounce again in Sydney for the great of his state.
6. Cameron Munster – 5.5
Munster tried laborious with out having an important impression on the sport, it’d be truthful to say. He regarded harmful on a few events, however behind a struggling pack, the backbone may as effectively keep within the sheds, particularly when it’s your job to play off them and attempt to create issues.
When he did become involved, he regarded like he may spark one thing, however it was all in useless as Queensland had been pulverised.
7. Daly Cherry-Evans – 5
Cherry-Evans simply didn’t management his facet like he did in Sport 1, and whereas there are many different components which went into the ultimate scoreboard, the skipper will should be higher in Sport three.
The one variable he actually might management, the kicking recreation, wasn’t all that good. Far too usually the ball was taken on the complete, and add that to a few seven-tackle units, Cherry-Evans received’t be wanting to recollect a lot from a depressing night time in Perth.
eight. Dylan Napa – three
Laborious to be too essential on Napa, who was clearly hampered by the wrist damage he introduced into the sport. In the long run, he solely performed his opening stint, by no means making it again onto the sector, which most likely tells you all you should know.
Napa ended with simply 27 metres from 4 runs, and whereas he made 13 tackles, he by no means regarded more likely to do something which might change the momentum of the match through the first 20 minutes, one thing the Maroons desperately wanted from their massive enforcer.
If he wasn’t match, he shouldn’t have performed.
9. Ben Hunt – four
A very robust night time for makeshift Queensland hooker. You possibly can hardly blame him as a result of he’s taking part in out of place, however for mine, he was a giant a part of Queensland’s issues.
His finest at hooker isn’t adequate for Origin, and that was exploited final night time because the Blues pack was in a position to shut down the Queensland pack and put them beneath strain with regularity because of the gradual service coming from No.9.
His defence additionally wasn’t fairly nearly as good final night time, with quite a few missed tackles.
I don’t need to pile on Hunt an excessive amount of, however Andrew McCullough should absolutely be in calculations for Sport three, though there’s undoubtedly a spot for Hunt on the bench.
10. Josh Papalii – four.5
The large Raiders prop was stable with out being spectacular. He had 30 tackles with cheap effectivity within the center third of the sector with out many misses and ran the ball laborious when he did get his arms on it, as Papalii will all the time do. Nonetheless, even working laborious he was struggling.
Getting his arms on it turned out to be fairly uncommon as effectively, with simply ten carries for 69 metres in 45 minutes.
11. Felise Kaufusi – 6.5
Kaufusi is among the solely Maroons who can come out of Sport 2 together with his head held excessive. He was nowhere close to the exploits of Sport 1, however that was a results of his facet solely having 40 per cent of the ball as a lot as the rest.
Nonetheless performed the whole 80 minutes, ran for 107 metres and tackled successfully.
12. Matt Gillett – 6
Gillett was his typical self on the sting, and whereas he didn’t have almost as a lot impression with the ball (by advantage of Queensland not having a lot of it), he did take advantage of tackles on floor.
Labored laborious, and deserves some credit score for a stable efficiency in making an attempt circumstances.
13. Josh McGuire – 6
McGuire simply stored on making an attempt for the Maroons. He was fairly stable proper all through the sport, working laborious and making 36 tackles with only one miss.
Through the years, Queensland have had a variety of locks who simply run and sort out. Not flashy, however good, stable Origin gamers. Guys like Dallas Johnson and Ashley Harrison. McGuire’s effort final night time was that kind of efficiency.
14. Moses Mbye – four
It was pretty wonderful that Mbye was in a position to play in any respect given what he went by way of on the finish of final week.
Sadly, his impression was once more pretty restricted in fairly decreased time on the sector. Queensland must shake issues up, and Mbye is perhaps the man to fall by the wayside in the event that they do.
15. Jarrod Wallace – three.5
The one endearing picture out of the sport for Wallace can be him colliding with Maloney in mid-air and persevering with a foolish run of dumb second-half penalties to the Blues which killed off no matter cost the Maroons might need been in a position to mount.
Even exterior of that one-off second of insanity, it was a fairly shoddy return to Origin for Wallace, who completed with beneath 60 metres and simply by no means was in a position to acquire any ascendency for the Maroons.
16. Tim Glasby – 5.5
Glasby was the perfect off the Maroons bench by a substantial distance on his Origin recall. It was a type of lose-lose conditions, given the state Queensland had been in, however he did his finest to try to flip the sport.
Solely had 63 metres, however 22 of them had been post-contact, and he had some fast play the balls which at instances felt prefer it might need been in a position to spark one thing for the Maroons.
Alas, it didn’t, however Glasby has completed sufficient to maintain his spot for the decider.
17. David Fifita – four
Like the remainder of the pack, and the Queenslanders usually, it’s fairly laborious to play with out the ball. Fifita was stable although with out being wonderful. Had some good runs, made some good tackles, and performed some robust minutes.