PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: Tom Trbojevic of the Blues is congratulated by team mate Josh Addo-Carr of the Blues after scoring a try during game two of the 2019 State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at Optus Stadium on June 23, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
  1. James Tedesco (Fullback) 9/10

Schooled Kalyn Ponga with a dominating display. Ran for 209 metres and was credited with two try assists.

  1. Blake Ferguson (Wing) 7/10

Ran the ball strongly with 170 run metres. A couple of errors effected his overall score.

  1. Tom Trbojevic (Centre) 9.5/10

Playing out of position, many thought he’d be found out defensively. Instead, he put in one of the all time Origin performances. Scored three tries and ran for 118 run metres in a Man of the Match performance.

  1. Jack Wighton (Centre) 6/10

Didn’t do much in the first half and made a major blunder which saw Will Chambers awarded with a penalty try. Bounced back in the second stanza, ending the game with 145 run metres.

  1. Josh Addo-Carr (Wing) 8/10

Was the leading metre-eater with 215 run metres. Crossed for two tries as he continues to cement his position as the best winger in the competition.

  1. James Maloney (Five-Eighth) 8/10

Shouldn’t have been dropped for game one. After a few shaky moments in the opening 20, he took back control from the Maroons as he led his side to one of their best performances in years.

  1. Nathan Cleary (Halfback) 3/10

Didn’t come back onto the field in the second half after an ankle injury and his side looked better without him.

  1. Daniel Saifiti (Prop) 6.5/10

Did better than I thought he would. Ran for 100 run metres from just eight carries and completed 25 tackles in his 34-minute stint.

  1. Damien Cook (Hooker) 7/10

Didn’t showcase his running game like he has in previous encounters but still offered sublime service from dummy-half.

  1. Jake Trbojevic (Prop) 8/10

Almost ran for as many metres as Queensland’s four prop forwards combined.

  1. Boyd Cordner (Second Row) 7.5/10

As always, another solid captains knock. 140 run metres and 21 tackles.

  1. Tyson Frizell (Second Row) 6.5/10

Scored an important try in the first half that left three defenders in his wake.

  1. Dale Finucane (Lock) 7/10

Unlucky not to have debuted years ago and didn’t look out of place.


  1. Tariq Sims (Interchange) 6/10

Didn’t get a lot of game time but still did more than any of Queensland’s bench forwards in fewer minutes.

  1. Cameron Murray (Interchange) 5.5/10

Same as above. Eight runs for 77 metres in his 32 minutes of game time.

  1. Wade Graham (Interchange) 7/10

Despite having played next to no football over the past nine months, Graham was one of the Blues’ most important on the field tonight. Filled in admirably for Cleary when he left the field with an ankle injury.

  1. Paul Vaughan (interchange) 6.5/10

A late demotion to the bench proved wonders for Vaughan’s impact on the game. Ran for 120 run metres from just 12 carries.


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