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Maroons player ratings: Inglis leads from the front

The Maroons weren't good enough to take Origin I despite some strong performances across the park. Here's how rated the Queensland 17.

14. Michael Morgan: Fumbled his first high ball but then never looked back. Three offloads and running for 174 metres meant he was always a threat. Brought down James Tedesco in flight. 7/10

2. Valentine Holmes: Scored 90-metre intercept try, his fifth in just his third Origin game, as part of his  223 metres all up. Broke out of three tackles. Took over goal-kicking and struck two-from-two. Did allow Tom Trbojevic to strip the ball from him and score. 8

3. Greg Inglis (c): Had the death stare from the minute he walked on the field. Broke out of five tackles, ran for 132 metres, defended solidly. Also made 66 post-contact metres to show his intent. 8.5

4. Will Chambers: Provided the usual aggro but also some great defence - he held up Cordner over the line - and good attacking kicks, forcing a drop-out. Missing 10 tackles counted against him. 7

5. Dane Gagai: With bandaged fingers on his right hand busted out of tackles in the first half; scored try early in the second half - his eighth from eight Origins. 7

6. Cameron Munster: High work rate and energy throughout, particularly in defence. Creatively it was just above a pass-mark. 6.5 

Queensland five-eighth Cameron Munster.
Queensland five-eighth Cameron Munster. ©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos

7. Ben Hunt: Set up Gagai's try with well-timed kick; ran well; busted out of three tackles; kicked a 40/20. Perhaps more positional kicks needed in first 40 minutes. 7

8. Dylan Napa: Possibly his quietest Origin in four played. 5.5

9. Andrew McCullough: Made 31 tackles by half-time and 50 by the final whistle. Was solid in his Maroons debut after 225 NRL games. 7.5

10. Jarrod Wallace: Was an energy bunny early and in his second stint tried hard to make a difference. 6

11. Gavin Cooper: Capable but not much impact. Pushed into touch by Cook and Tom Trbojevic, then missed Tedesco. 6 

12. Felise Kaufusi: Took over Matt Gillett's No.12 jersey with aplomb. Was the Maroons' second-highest tackler with 47. 7.5

13. Josh McGuire: Played 32 minutes straight up after six weeks out with an Achilles injury, which was a mighty effort, and 55 minutes all up. Made 12 runs for 115 metres. 7

Queensland prop Josh McGuire.
Queensland prop Josh McGuire. ©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos


15. Josh Papalii: Enjoyed the highest tackle efficiency of his team (96.8%). Made 30 tackles in his 41 minutes on field. 6.5

16. Coen Hess: Dived on a loose ball but was then stripped by Tedesco to indicate his kind of up-and-down night. Only had 34 minutes but only made 12 post-contact metres. He can produce better. 5

17. Jai Arrow: Had just 27 minutes and while effective, no stand-out highlights. 5.5

19. Anthony Milford: Only had 15 minutes but it was his hands underneath the ball that stopped Mitchell try at the death. 5.5  

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