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Kurt Capewell celebrates a try for Queensland.

Player ratings for the Queensland Maroons team in their State of Origin I clash with the NSW Blues at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

5. Valentine Holmes: Couldn't conjure many moments of brilliance on his home deck but tried hard to lift the team in his second Origin match as a fullback. 5/10

2. Xavier Coates: Caught out several times in defence as he rushed infield with the opposing left edge running riot. A few solid carries in the second half but spilled a bomb that led to Latrell Mitchell crossing for the Blues. 3.5

3. Kurt Capewell: Burned on the outside by Tom Trbojevic for NSW's first try but pulled one back later in the first half with a slick move to beat his direct opponent. Made a handling error that led to the Blues scoring and fell for a Nathan Cleary dummy to cause another. 4

Capewell gets one back on Trbojevic

4. Dane Gagai: Usually dominates at Origin level but was given a bath by Rabbitohs teammate Mitchell. Seemed to be a lack of trust or communication between him and Coates. Maybe Gagai's disrupted preparation with tonsillitis knocked him about. 3.5

18. Kyle Feldt: Chalk it up to a rush of blood on debut; Feldt was made to regret bumping Josh Addo-Carr off the ball and giving away a needless penalty as it sparked a first-half Blues avalanche. Faces a possible suspension after a late shot on Cameron Murray. 4

6. Cameron Munster: Last year's man of the series couldn't stamp his authority as Queensland were mostly stuck on the back foot. Hadn't played in a month because of a foot injury so you'd expect him to be more dangerous come Game Two. 5

Maroons v Blues

7. Daly Cherry-Evans: Nowhere near his best but in fairness he was playing behind a well-beaten forward pack. His leadership will be tested after such a devastating loss. 4.5

8. Christian Welch: Came out firing with some strong tackles, so it was a crushing blow for the Maroons when the front-rower was concussed after just 13 minutes. 3

9. Harry Grant: Threatened early with scything dummy-half runs but then found it tough to create chances with his forward pack being rolled. Got through 40 tackles but also missed eight. 5.5

10. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui: Commendable effort to play 40 minutes without a break after Welch was ruled out of the action. Missed a crucial tackle on Damien Cook in the lead-up to a Blues four-pointer. 5.5

Queensland hooker Harry Grant.
Queensland hooker Harry Grant. ©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos

11. Felise Kaufusi: May have wished he didn't beat a tripping charge at the judiciary so he could play this match. Made the second-most tackles (38) of any Queenslander but his edge struggled and he made some costly errors. 4

12. David Fifita: Proved a handful in the opening exchanges and received plenty of ball. Copped a head knock and his influence waned when NSW got on top. 5

13. Jai Arrow: Bad miss on Cook that allowed his South Sydney teammate to scamper upfield and lay the groundwork for NSW's second try. Not at his usual standard. 3.5


14. AJ Brimson: Was on a hiding to nothing being injected when NSW were well and truly on top. Tough to showcase his speed and skill without any momentum. 2

15. Jaydn Su'A: Only 42 metres from six runs. Strong player at his best but perhaps was lacking confidence after being recently dropped at club level. 3

16. Moeaki Fotuaika: Staked his claim for a starting spot as the only Maroons middle to record 120 metres. Routinely dented the NSW defence but will face a nervous wait after being put on report for clocking Mitchell high. 7.5

17. Joe Ofahengaue: Questionable selection on the back of middling form for the Tigers and may have a fight on his hands to retain his spot. 3


The views in this article do not necessarily express the opinions of the NRL, ARLC, NRL clubs or state associations.


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