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‘Aggressive, menacing, monstered them’

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State of Origin: With the Blues on the ropes James Maloney produced a remarkable intercept on his own ten to race 90 metres and cross for NSW under the posts.

Tyson Frizell scores a try on debut.

IT was a desperate effort from the Blues but in the end it wasn’t enough.

Check out who flew and who flopped from both camps in State of Origin game two.

Darius Boyd

7

Hardly sighted in first 40 but showed a touch of class in two Maroons tries and a great try-saver on Jack Bird at the death.

FULLBACK

Matt Moylan

6.5

Was good under the high ball and tried to inject himself as often as he could in attack but was well contained.

Corey Oates

7

Plenty of involvement and wasn’t afraid to leave his wing to help out his forwards. Deserved try at the end.

WING

Blake Ferguson

5

Should be under pressure to hold his spot. Hardly sighted with the football, missed more tackles than he made and dropped a crucial kick late in the game near his own line just before the Maroons wrapped it up.

Greg Inglis

7.5

Aggressive, menacing and monstered Walker whenever he got the ball. Heavily involved with the footy as well.

CENTRE

Michael Jennings

5.5

Nothing wrong with his effort all night but crucial errors in attack and defence led to two Maroons tries with his finger-tips costing Frizell a potential matchwinner.

Justin O’Neill

5

Solid defensively but few opportunities and hardly sighted with the football. Made no impressive in the chase on Maloney.

CENTRE

Dylan Walker

5.5

Only missed one tackle but was up against it all night against Inglis and struggled to leave his mark on the game.

Dane Gagai

8

In doubt all week but shrugged off the injury to score a memorable hat trick in another outstanding Origin performance.

WING

Josh Mansour

6.5

Plenty of carries and the effort was there but it’s never a good look when your opposite number scores a hat-trick.

Johnathan Thurston

8.5

Supreme again. Dominated the second half to turn the screws on the Blues with his brilliant short kicking game and selective passing.

5/8

James Maloney

7

Came up with a few errors and wrong options but threatened with his running game and his long range try gave the Blues some hope.

Cooper Cronk

6

Was forced to play second fiddle to his scrumbase partner and not the influence he has been in previous Origin wins.

H/BACK

Adam Reynolds

7

Much more composed and assured than in game one and came up with a great play for Frizell’s try.

Matt Scott

6.5

Plenty of quality in a handful of his charges but nine hit-ups for 75 metres and 16 tackles is below his usual standards.

PROP

Aaron Woods

7.5

Stood out in the first half with some big runs off the back of quick play the balls and laid a good early Blues platform.

Cameron Smith

8

Made an early bust and controlled the tempo for a large part of the game with his options out of dummy half and his cleverness in the tackle.

HOOKER

Robbie Farah

7

Outstanding early out of dummy half but the opportunities to run dried up after 20 minutes. Got through plenty of defence.

Josh McGuire

6.5

Strong early with plenty of restart carries and never shirked the heavily lifting while he was out there.

PROP

James Tamou

4.5

A major disappointment and will be under pressure to hold his spot. Conspicuous by his lack of early involvement and things didn’t get much in his second on-field stint.

Matt Gillett

7

Had his moments with the football without being a major threat but got through plenty of work for his side.

2ND ROW

Tyson Frizell

8

An outstanding Origin debut. Strong early, sensational chase on Gagai when he scored after being held back by Cronk and topped it with a try and almost another.

Sam Thaiday

6.5

Will get to celebrate another Origin series win with a holiday courtesy of the match review committee after his awful tackle on Gallen.

2ND ROW

Josh Jackson

8

His non-stop defensive effort was right from the top shelf and never stopped taking it to the Maroons all night.

Corey Parker

7

His last Origin game at Suncorp and could not have done much more than he did to farewell the place in style.

LOCK

Paul Gallen

6.5

Not the minutes he usually plays and as a result, not the work-rate he normally provides.

Michael Morgan

5

Didn’t see a huge amount of game time and while he was out there, his attacking threat was largely neutralised by the Blues.

I/CHANGE

Greg Bird

7

Came on and played tough with just about every one of his 18 tackles a bone-jarrer.

Jacob Lillyman

7

Was willing when he came on but not much of an influence out there.

I/CHANGE

David Klemmer

6.5

A few strong carries but didn’t have the Maroons back-peddling in defence like he has done in other games.

Aidan Guerra

4.5

Only got on reasonable late in the second half and didn’t do much at all.

I/CHANGE

Andrew Fifita

6.5

Thrown into the game early by coach Daley and came up with a few off-loads for second phase play but his impact was largely negated by the Maroons defence.

Josh Papalii

7.5

Gave the Maroons exactly what they needed when he came on. Plenty of go-forward and made the Blues work hard in defence to pull him down.

I/CHANGE

Jack Bird

6.5

Saw glimpses of what he is capable of in very promising debut cameo.

114.5

TOTAL

111

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