SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Dane Gagai (L) and Josh Papalii (R) of the Maroons look dejected at fulltime during game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 24, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
  1. Billy Slater (Fullback)

Hasn’t played a game of footy in over a month but you’d never have known, was great upon his return: 8/10

  1. Dane Gagai (Wing)

A few errors in both attack and defence but tried his guts out. Finished off a brilliant try: 8.5/10

  1. Greg Inglis (Centre)

The skipper led from the front once again: 8/10

  1. Will Chambers (Centre)

Much better performance this time around although quite poor in defence: 6.5/10

  1. Valentine Holmes (Wing)

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

  1. Cameron Munster (Five-Eighth)

Was less than impressive in Game I, was worse in Game II: 4/10

  1. Ben Hunt (Halfback)

Absolutely awful. Mitchell Pearce has dished up better in the State of Origin arena: 2/10

  1. Dylan Napa (Prop)
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Recent club form reflected on his performance during Game II. Improved upon his Game I performance though, a few big hits in defence rocked the Blues early: 6/10

  1. Andrew McCullough (Hooker)

Played the full 80 minutes after being benched for the final quarter in Game I. Did his best, will become more influential as his rep career progresses: 6.5/10

  1. Jarrod Wallace (Prop)

Wasn’t up for Origin football, again: 4.5/10

  1. Gavin Cooper (Second Row)

After a disappointing performance in Game I, Cooper was Queensland’s best forward on Sunday night. 100 metres and 47 tackles: 8/10

  1. Felise Kaufusi (Second Row)

Improved upon his debut game in which he was less than impressive: 6.5/10

  1. Josh McGuire (Lock)
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Went from Queensland’s best forward in Game I to one of their least efficient in Game II. Although it wasn’t the worst performance, he needed to step up: 6/10

  1. Kalyn Ponga (Interchange)

Played more minutes than we all thought. Handled the middle well and was threatening at times – the beginning of a decade-long rep career: 7.5/10

  1. Josh Papalii (Interchange)

Wasn’t as involved as he was in Game I: 4/10

  1. Coen Hess (Interchange)

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

  1. Jai Arrow (Interchange)

Strongest forward to come off the bench: 6/10

TOTAL: 105

9 COMMENTS

  1. The Mitchell Pearce comment about Ben Hunt was spot on. Qld PLEASE blood Ash Taylor in the dead rubber. St George must be concerned about his abilities when the big games come up at the end of the year.

    • I agree re Ash but Kevvie has said that Ben will be picked for soo3 so how bad does DCE smell to the qlders ?
      Its like you’d rather lose than pick him 😆
      Ponga is the future Aus fullback.
      The kid is a freak!

    • And Inglis 8 hahaha this guy has no clue ponga 7.5 he lost them the game he shouldn’t of been there once he came on slaters lethality ceased pretty much and ge was Brilliant for them b4 ponga came on

  2. I said it before origin kicked off that qld doesn’t have a kicking game, munsters a great runner of the ball so that means we need a number 7 that can control the game n build pressure. That is not ben hunt he has got to be the worst number 7 in big pressure games. So either get dce in or look at Ash Taylor at least they have a good kicking game.

  3. Dragons definitely have concerns.

    Hunt is the Qld JR Smith for sure, that kick full of beans into touch on the 3rd tackle was about as bad as it gets. That and I can only assume the reason Qld kept going right despite them having a massive advantage on the left when Roberts was in the bin was because Hunt was calling for it. It was a legit competition until the last 15 minutes when Qld should have had the advantage but fell completely apart.

    G.I. as captain and Slater as the vet should have taken over in that period so IMO they share a portion of the blame but goddamn why did they keep going right? Latrell Mitchell was just eating them up and even if Gagai could catch the ball outside of Addo-Carr he can’t out run him so doing it 30-40m out from the line over and over again just became embarrassing.

    Also Ponga should not have started the second half, he was completely gassed in the last 10 minutes of the game. Give him a 20 minute rest and bring in Arrow a lot earlier would have been a much better move, Arrow was their best forward and barely saw 20 minutes of field time.

    • Oh also, just want to give huge raps to Slater who proved he is still the best fullback in the game. Teddy is amazing but Slater impacts the entire team even without the ball. While it’s going to be sad to see him hang up the boots the future duels between Ponga and Teddy will be epic.

    • I agree with your comments about Ponga, if they had given him a break then QLD would have won. Funny thing is that QLD won’t have Slater next year who was without a doubt their best player. They also won’t have their captain for too much longer. Who will be QLD next captain?

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