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Origin III player ratings: Queensland Maroons

Player ratings for the Queensland Maroons team in their State of Origin III clash with the NSW Blues at Suncorp Stadium.

5. Corey Allan: A mixed bag. Set up the opening try but dropped a bomb to allow NSW to score next. Finished with 149 metres in his maiden Origin despite a few blunders. Luckily for him, Queensland weren't undone by his sin-binning at the death. 6/10

1. Valentine Holmes: Back on the wing and quickly added to his brilliant try-scoring record with his ninth Origin four-pointer. Could have had a couple more if his not for some fumbles. Busy in making 139 metres. 6.5

4. Dane Gagai: Moved to the left edge seamlessly, finishing off another tremendous series. So consistent - always a handful to contain. Made 158 metres from 16 runs. 8

Munster at his magical best has Edrick Lee scoring

21. Brenko Lee: Limited impact on debut but did a fine job considering he was a late inclusion for such a high-pressure match. Began limping and left the field with 12 minutes remaining. 6

19. Edrick Lee: Great effort to debut in a decider having not played since Newcastle's season finished in early October. Scored a try and had a few nice runs, often finding his front and gaining a quick play-the-ball. 7.5

6. Cameron Munster: Queensland's win came on the back of an imperious first half from their star five-eighth, who popped up everywhere. Absurd skill and bloody-mindedness - what a difference he made. 9.5

7. Daly Cherry-Evans: His halves partner was more brilliant, but the captain delivered a steady game. Ran the ball often and kept the team composed and in command when possession wasn't turning to points. 7.5

8. Christian Welch: Rarely plays badly and did what was needed once more. Showed nice passing ability as the Maroons shifted the ball early and laid a solid platform when tucking the ball under the arm. 7

9. Jake Friend: Put in a solid shift before being replaced by Harry Grant having helped get the Maroons on the front foot. Returned impressively in a hybrid hooker/lock role. The moment of taking the ball dead to confirm victory will live with him for a long time. 7.5

10. Josh Papalii: You can safely bank on big Papa being a force through the middle and that was the case again. Whether it was a denting charge or a brutal tackle, the prop has a knack of grabbing momentum. 7.5

Holmes scores first in the decider

3. Kurt Capewell: Another good effort, this time in the second-row. Let no one down in a typically hard-working showing. Top series. 7.5

11. Felise Kaufusi: A somewhat silent achiever, topping the count with 35 tackles as well as making 91 metres. Always seems to be exactly where he's needed. 7.5

13. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui: The fireworks didn't quite go off, but the young lock was enormous in what will surely be the first of many series. Never overawed and doesn't know how to take a backward step, finishing with 121 metres from 12 powerful runs. 8

Interchange

12. Jaydn Su'A: Only let loose for 13 minutes but tried his best to leave a mark with three runs for 22 metres and 10 tackles. 4

14. Harry Grant: One of the great Origin debuts in recent memory - and in a decider, no less. Flipped the game on its head at dummy-half and sealed the result with a second-half attacking blitz that included a try. Has earmarked himself for a long and successful Maroons career. 9

15. Lindsay Collins: Sensational impact with 110 metres from 14 runs as well as 15 tackles. Gave everything he's got in every run and tackle. 8

16. Jai Arrow: Similar to Collins, his footwork and leg-speed through the middle produced the go-forward Grant required to wreak havoc when he was injected. 6.5

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