MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: James Tedesco of the Blues is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try during game one of the State Of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 6, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


  1. Michael Morgan (Fullback)

Performed well in a position he isn’t all that familiar with – especially at the highest level: 7/10

  1. Dane Gagai (Wing)

A few errors in both attack and defence but tried his guts out. Finished off a brilliant try that put Queensland on the front foot during the opening of the second half: 8/10

  1. Greg Inglis (Centre)

Wound the clock back to play some of his best football in well over three seasons. Defended strongly and welcomed Tom Trbojevic to the State of Origin arena with one of the best tackles of the year: 8/10

  1. Will Chambers (Centre)

Rocks and diamonds: 5/10

  1. Valentine Holmes (Wing)

Showcased way he’s the world’s best winger – and not the worlds best fullback: 8/10

  1. Cameron Munster (Five-Eighth)

Didn’t reach the heights of his State of Origin debut performance last season. Didn’t gel to well with halves partner Ben Hunt: 5/10

  1. Ben Hunt (Halfback)

Laid on a try for Dane Gagai in the second half. Kicked a much needed 40/20 that led to naught: 7/10

  1. Dylan Napa (Prop)

Recent club form reflected on his performance during game one: 5/10

  1. Andrew McCullough (Hooker)

Did what he was asked on his Origin debut. Tried his best to get his under firing forward pack running onto the ball and completed 50 tackles in his sixty minutes on the field: 6.5/10

  1. Jarrod Wallace (Prop)

Wasn’t up for Origin football on Wednesday night: 4/10

  1. Gavin Cooper (Second Row)

Defended well. Didn’t do too much with ball in hand: 5.5/10

  1. Felise Kaufusi (Second Row)

Didn’t have the worse debut but was found out in defence on multiple occasions: 5.5/10

  1. Josh McGuire (Lock)

Was strong in defence bar his lapse in concentration for the opening James Tedesco try. Completed 37 tackles and ran for 115 metres: 6.5/10

  1. Anthony Milford (Interchange)

Limited game time (15 minutes): 2/10

  1. Josh Papalii (Interchange)

Was Queensland’s best forward. Added fire from the bench: 7/10

  1. Coen Hess (Interchange)

Strong runs and busy in defence off the interchange: 5/10

  1. Jai Arrow (Interchange)

Another bench forward who outplayed a handful of the starters: 6/10

TOTAL: 101

New South Wales

  1. James Tedesco (Fullback)

Had his best game of the season. Damaging every time he touched the football, scored the opening try of the contest: 9.5/10

  1. Tom Trbojevic (Wing)

Had a quiet second half after being heavily targeted by Greg Inglis in defence. Shot to form in the second, scoring a try and running for 147 run metres: 7.5/10

  1. Latrell Mitchell (Centre)

The G.I comparisons will only intensify after his debut Origin performance. Scored a try and threatening with ball in hand throughout the contest; put his doubters in silence: 8/10

  1. James Roberts (Centre)

A sound performance in a highly anticipated debut: 5/10

  1. Josh Addo-Carr (Wing)

Should have been picked last series along with half a dozen of the players on this team list: 8/10

  1. James Maloney (Five-Eighth)

His best Origin performance to date. Laid on three tries and was a calming influence: 9/10

  1. Nathan Cleary (Halfback)

Did his job and made up a lot of territory: 6/10

  1. David Klemmer (Prop)

130 metres gained from just 12 carries of the football. Outplayed his Queensland counterparts in brutal fashion: 7.5/10

  1. Damien Cook (Hooker)

Picked his runs and provided a great foil for his halves partners. What New South Wales have needed at dummy-half for the past decade: 8/10

  1. Regan Campbell-Gillard (Prop)

Had a solid debut. 109 metres and 27 tackles: 6.5/10

  1. Boyd Cordner (Second Row)

A second Easts player who had his best performance of the season. The skipper led from the front: 8/10

  1. Tyson Frizell (Second Row)

Not his best performance but still showed signs of good form. Strong in defence with 46 tackles (and just one miss): 6/10

  1. Jack De Belin (Lock)

Solid performance on debut. Shared the role with Jake Trbojevic: 5/10

  1. Paul Vaughn (Interchange)

Strong input off the bench with 80 run metres in just 26 minutes on the field. Another player who should have been in the side last year: 5.5/10

  1. Jake Trbojevic (Interchange)

Last series breakout player for the Blues had another strong performance: 6.5/10

  1. Angus Crichton (Interchange)

Sound performance on debut. Will get better as the series progresses: 5.5/10

  1. Tyrone Peachey (Interchange)

Limited game time: 3/10

TOTAL: 114.5

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