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.
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.
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.
Was good under the high ball and tried to inject himself as often as he could in attack but was well contained.
Plenty of involvement and wasn’t afraid to leave his wing to help out his forwards. Deserved try at the end.
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.
Aggressive, menacing and monstered Walker whenever he got the ball. Heavily involved with the footy as well.
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.
Solid defensively but few opportunities and hardly sighted with the football. Made no impressive in the chase on Maloney.
Only missed one tackle but was up against it all night against Inglis and struggled to leave his mark on the game.
In doubt all week but shrugged off the injury to score a memorable hat trick in another outstanding Origin performance.
Plenty of carries and the effort was there but it’s never a good look when your opposite number scores a hat-trick.
Supreme again. Dominated the second half to turn the screws on the Blues with his brilliant short kicking game and selective passing.
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.
Was forced to play second fiddle to his scrumbase partner and not the influence he has been in previous Origin wins.
Much more composed and assured than in game one and came up with a great play for Frizell’s try.
Plenty of quality in a handful of his charges but nine hit-ups for 75 metres and 16 tackles is below his usual standards.
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.
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.
Outstanding early out of dummy half but the opportunities to run dried up after 20 minutes. Got through plenty of defence.
Strong early with plenty of restart carries and never shirked the heavily lifting while he was out there.
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.
Had his moments with the football without being a major threat but got through plenty of work for his side.
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.
Will get to celebrate another Origin series win with a holiday courtesy of the match review committee after his awful tackle on Gallen.
His non-stop defensive effort was right from the top shelf and never stopped taking it to the Maroons all night.
His last Origin game at Suncorp and could not have done much more than he did to farewell the place in style.
Not the minutes he usually plays and as a result, not the work-rate he normally provides.
Didn’t see a huge amount of game time and while he was out there, his attacking threat was largely neutralised by the Blues.
Came on and played tough with just about every one of his 18 tackles a bone-jarrer.
Was willing when he came on but not much of an influence out there.
A few strong carries but didn’t have the Maroons back-peddling in defence like he has done in other games.
Only got on reasonable late in the second half and didn’t do much at all.
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.
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.
Saw glimpses of what he is capable of in very promising debut cameo.