Queensland player ratings for Origin Game 1
Darius Boyd 8
Nice kick returning and ever-dangerous on sweeping plays. Looked effortless the way he returned the ball and a great fill-in for the injured Billy Slater at the back.
Corey Oates 6 ½
Found a wanting in support of a Greg Inglis bust, but a very solid Origin debut from this impressive youngster.
Greg Inglis 6
Kept quiet by opposite Josh Morris. Limited ball.
Justin O'Neill 6
Nice involvement in Queensland's first-half try. Bounced back from early head knock.
Dane Gagai 7 ½
Nice finish for Queensland's first try. Costly bobble from a Robbie Farah grubber cost his side a dropout. But then a crucial bat-down with Blues fullback Matt Moylan in space and Josh Mansour on the outside waiting for a try assist.
Johnathan Thurston 6 ½
Not his most brilliant Origin contest by his high standards, but did enough to manage the game for another Queensland win.
Cooper Cronk 7
Solid at leading team around the park again. Let Maloney run to the line for NSW try but he battled hard despite his well-publicised ankle injury.
Matt Scott 7
Not huge yards but put his hand up to run the tough metres when required.
Cameron Smith (capt) 7
Like Thurston and Cronk, managed the game well enough to allow his team to triumph for the Origin record-breaker for most appearances.
Nate Myles 5 ½
Is out of form as many analysts have suggested, only making 35 metres.
Matt Gillett 6 ½
Dangerous at times running off Thurston.
Sam Thaiday 7 ½
Punchy down left side and always ran hard.
Corey Parker 8
Work horse with plenty of early touches. Good ball distribution too. Outstanding in the tough opening exchanges.
Michael Morgan 5
Game ended prematurely after trying to tackle Blues runaway train, David Klemmer.
Josh McGuire 8
Never afraid to put his hand up to earn tough metres. Such a powerhouse in the middle.
Aidan Guerra 6
60 metres and 17 tackles. Not bad for 28 minutes of game time.
Josh Papalii 7 ½
Awkward to handle off bench in attack and defence. Such a danger with the ball.
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