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Queensland Origin III player ratings

Queensland Origin III player ratings

We rate all 17 players from Queensland's thumping 32-8 victory over the Blues in Game Three.

1 Bill Slater – Safe under the high ball, searching runs, and supported well for a crucial try. Vintage Slater. 8.

2 Darius Boyd – Denied his obligatory early try by a great Blues defensive read but was on hand to bag a late try that put the result out of reach for NSW. 7.

3 Greg Inglis – Looked dangerous early but again was fairly well contained by the Blues. 6.

4 Justin Hodges – Those rickety 32-year-old legs continue to support one of rugby league's best running games. Threw two very flat passes for two Queensland tries. 9.

5 Will Chambers – The only debutant on display was involved early as he ran the ball with plenty of purpose. Didn't look at all out of place on the big stage. 6.

6 Johnathan Thurston – Bombed a try and again targeted in defence to complete his worst Origin series. 5.

7 Cooper Cronk – 'What if Cronk hadn't broken his arm?' will be the big question after the Melbourne Maestro showed both Daly Cherry-Evans and Trent Hodkinson how an Origin half plays. Constantly  scheming, produced some crafty kicks as well as brilliant organising and was rewarded with a late try. 9.

8 Jacob Lillyman – Standing in for the world's best prop is no easy task but 'Bull' went about his work with a minimum of fuss and let nobody down. 7.

9 Cameron Smith – Supported for an early Queensland try and typically solid throughout. 7.

10 Nate Myles – A true Origin warrior, Myles is yet to have a bad game at this level. His raised forearm on Titans teammate Greg Bird led to a Blues try but it proved not to be costly. 7.

11 Aidan Guerra – From Origin smoky to a certain starter, he was dangerous early and irresistible late as he bagged a well-deserved try and helped conjure another. 8.

12 Sam Thaiday – Ran hard at the Blues' left edge defence all night, Thaiday got through plenty of the dirty work. 7.

13 Corey Parker – Like Cronk, he showed everyone what Queensland missed in Game II. His prolific offloads terrorised the Blues all night as he ran over 200 metres in a flawless performance. An easy choice as man of the match. 10.

14 Daly Cherry-Evans – Finally freed to play the role he would have been expecting to play all series, the Manly half was dynamic, setting up his side's first try. 8.

15 Ben Te'o – Occasionally veered on the wrong side of the line of aggression as he gave up the first two points in the contest, Te'o caused NSW both literal and figurative headaches. 7.

16 Matt Gillett – Very sparingly used and spent time on the wing covering for Chambers while he was off getting a concussion check, but did nothing wrong in his time on field. 5.

17 Dave Taylor – Held back until his side was up by 10, produced two poor errors and got hooked until after the contest was decided. Questions must be asked about his future at this level. 2.

NSW Game Three player ratings

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