BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: David Klemmer of the Blues is tackled during game one of the 2019 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 05, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
  1. James Tedesco (Fullback) 8/10

Was as dangerous as ever with ball in hand, recording 259 run metres, a try assist and a line break. Coughed up the ball late in the second half on the first tackle however, which saw the Maroons go on to score the match winning try.

  1. Nick Cotric (Wing) 7/10

Solid on debut. Ran for 115 run metres and broke seven tackles.

  1. Latrell Mitchell (Centre) 3/10

Poor defensively, sin binned for a professional foul and went missing when his forwards needed him to take some hard carries.

  1. Josh Morris (Centre) 8/10

His had an outstanding season in 2019 and wound the clock back once again last night. Scored a try, broke nine tackles and recorded a line break.

  1. Josh Addo-Carr (Wing) 6/10

Shaky in defence but tried his guts out. Ran for 142 run metres and broke five tackles.

  1. Cody Walker (Five-Eighth) 5/10

Was threatening at times but never really got himself into the contest.

  1. Nathan Cleary (Halfback) 6/10

Once again, the New South Wales halves pairing was the side’s weak point. Had a strong kicking game but apart from that, Cleary didn’t contribute much.

  1. David Klemmer (Prop) 8/10

Ran for 150 metres and completed 30 tackles. You’ve got to feel for Klemmer. Consistently one of the best forwards for the game but has never tasted much success.

  1. Damien Cook (Hooker) 8/10

Tore the Queensland middle to shreds in the first half. Recorded a line break, ran for over 120 metres from dummy-half and finished the contest with 45 tackles.

  1. Paul Vaughn (Prop) 5.5/10

Was well contained and didn’t make much of an impact.

  1. Boyd Cordner (Second Row) 6.5/10

Not his best performance but he was still as busy as ever with 12 carries and over 30 tackles.

  1. Tyson Frizell (Second Row) 5.5/10

Has had a quiet season and things didn’t change here.

  1. Jake Trbojevic (Lock) 7.5/10

Along with Klemmer, Trbojevic can hold his head high. 17 carries for 140 metres and 20 tackles saw him awarded with a late consolation try.

  1. Jack Wighton (Interchange) 3/10

Was a strange selection with guys like Victor Radley and John Asiata waiting in the wings. Threw an intercept pass which saw Dane Gagai score a length of the field try.

  1. Payne Haas (Interchange) 5/10

Was solid but may have been thrown into the Origin mix a little too early.

  1. Cameron Murray (Interchange) 7/10

Made for Origin. Didn’t look out of place in his 50-minute stint.

  1. Angus Crichton (Interchange) 4/10

Not the same player he was when he burst onto the scene. Will be lucky to keep his place for Game II.


  1. Generous scores for Walker and Cleary. Seriously I wouldn’t pick Frizzel or Vaughn for next game. All the dragons players are going average this year. The whole team is in a rut and you can blame the useless coach.

  2. The whole team is really missing JDB. A guy who works hard, has tremendous impact in defence and attack and plenty of offloads.

  3. Freddy interchange management was rubbish, why the hell he kept Klemmer on for nearly 60 minutes and then benched him for the rest of the game, he should of been for the last 15 minutes at least, I am starting to think that is not much improvement from Daley to Fittler now and that 2018 was a fluke, I honestly hope I am wrong.

  4. No doubt you are right, but it’s up to the coach and the players to get over it, as he’s not coming back for a long time if ever. Mary needs to get their heads around the fact JDB may never play for us again and even if innocent is looking at late 2020 at the earliest. They can’t sook about it, half the season is gone and they are a shambles even though the injury toll is a big part of that. They still have the cattle to do a lot better.

  5. Fittler was a useless coach at the Roosters and carries that onto the Blues .
    A big bunnies fan and Cody is a great player having a wonderful year but SOO is another level. Had my reservations from his selection and having a myth in Cleary being selected with the year he has had added to my concern .
    Cody let no one down . He was a first gamer and now is fodder due to the loss, which in no way he contributed too . As a first gamer you are going to be awestruck go into a shell , let the experienced guys do their thing and ensure , yes ensure you have a mistake free game . He never asserted himself or take the game on as you can at club level . He made a couple of half breaks , probably kicked to himself a couple of times, sent a good to Mitchell who refused to attack on the last and set up a late try .
    He defended on a side where latrell was missing and where Addo Carr had to chase repeatedly alone without the bloke missing inside of him . Walker had what , 5 games of SOO experience outside of him and Latrell not turning up made his debut disastrous.
    In saying all of this , should have been hooked, should his k nob of a coach single him out after the game and cope all this crap when he was thrown in the deep end .
    Do I believe he is SOO quality, NO . Would he have done better if Latrell had aimed up , Yes . Was the loss his fault , NO. Would he have looked better with assistance from an in-form halfback not a myth , YES .
    Queensland won the game through their defence between the 45-65 minute mark . They battered the Blues again . They grew another leg , as the do . Qld won the game , Cody didn’t lose it

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