BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 11: James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner of the Blues looks dejected after defeat during game three of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The 2018 State of Origin series featured a number of terrific individual performances. New South Wales won the shield thanks to a number of great efforts, but the Queensland team remained competitive due to some of their big guns. These 10 players were the best of the series.


Josh McGuire

In a tough series for Queensland forwards, Josh McGuire took it upon himself to do a lot of the hard work. The Queensland lock made 289 running metres in a number of gritty performances. Without his effort the Maroons could have struggled much more.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 24: Josh McGuire of the Maroons watches the big screen after a Blues penalty try was awarded 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 Mark Nolan/Getty Images)


  1. No Tommy T. Sure I like to give it to the Manly boys as much as the next guy, but seriously. He was in the top few players for the Blues for sure all series.

  2. These ZT guys don’t have a clue what they are on about. This just proves it , each teams team of the decade was laughable

    • Yeah that teams of the decade article was the the biggest joke, whoever wrote that clearly has no idea.

  3. Turbo should be there for sure, he was clinical all series… great under pressure, great under the high ball, got smashed and got up and took the next hit up. hell be there for the next few years if injury doesnt hold him back

  4. Jake T was outstanding all series.
    Tedesco, well he threw the shocking pass intercepted by Holmes in SOO3 that led to a 6-pointer for the Maroons and ultimately cost NSW the match.
    Big Dave Klemmer’s trip cost NSW any chance of levelling when they had QLD under the pump. Needs to learn how to offload as he is a very predictable player.

    • James maloney threw that pass.

      Tedesco would be my man of series but his game 3 was weaker and I can see the issues they had naming man of the series. It was easy last year because gagai made 20+ runs each game.

      I was impressed by simms. Nsw have been very meek coming out all series and simms added a bit of mongrel there. It really felt like the roles had completely reversed where nsw are now the team who can hurt you from anywhere and qld are the territory wibners.

      • Maloney threw the pass for the intercept in game 1, Teddy did in game 3. Maloney threw the one towards the end of the game where Holmes dived to take the intercept though.

  5. Yeah Turbo should be up there, especially for his game 3 performance despite being on a losing team. Josh McGuire wasn’t fantastic and was the reason Teddy was able to score untouched near the posts in game 3.

    Ben Hunt should get an honorable mention as NSW’s best player for game 2.

  6. Well cop this, now the selectors are saying Hunt should be the Aust hooker over Cook, go figure.

    Everthing everyone has said is spot on, both the turbo’s have been excellent, thats why i took Manly to beat the Storm this weekend.

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