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Player ratings for the Queensland Maroons team in their Women's State of Origin clash with the NSW Sky Blues at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

1. Tamika Upton: Reliable but well-contained. Still looked to have scored the match-winner, only for the try to be overruled for obstruction. 6.5

2. Shenae Ciesiolka: Quietly went about her business and stood up when required. 6

3. Lauren Brown: It was a 'gimmie' kick, but Brown's composure was on show as she booted the winning penalty goal. Had her hands full with Isabelle Kelly but came up with a few important tackles. 7

4. Julia Robinson: Strong performance. The only Queensland back to run for more than 100 metres. Did well to limit the impact of Blues star Jessica Sergis, missing only one tackle. 8.5

5. Karina Brown: While the inclement weather made it tough to handle the ball, the experienced winger was unfazed as she defused some tricky bombs. Her night was cut short by an unfortunate head knock. 7

6. Tarryn Aiken: Took time to get involved as NSW shut down her time and space in the wet, but the five-eighth began running the ball late in the first half and had some quality touches after the break. 7

Brill burrows over for the Maroons

7. Zahara Temara: An early chance went begging when the halfback's long ball hit the sideline instead of an unmarked winger. Temara was somewhat quiet but she produced the kick of the match - a tremendous touch-finder. 6

8. Chelsea Lenarduzzi: Was on the end a few driving hits but gave as good as she got. Helped create second-phase play with a couple of skilful offloads and earned the penalty that sealed the game. 7

9. Destiny Brill: A debut to savour. The 18-year-old asserted herself early with bruising defence and scored her team's opening try with a powerful dummy-half barge. A long career in Maroon beckons. 8

10. Shannon Mato: Laid a solid platform in the engine room. Wouldn't have been pleased with two handling errors but did her job. 7.5

11. Tazmin Gray: Outstanding effort. Produced some crunching defence and powerful carries, racking up 125 metres on her way to the Nellie Doherty Medal. 8.5

12. Tiana Raftstrand-Smith: Made a huge statement to open the second half with a bulldozing line-break. Played a part in shutting down Sergis. 7

Brown kicks the goal to win it for the Maroons

13. Ali Brigginshaw: Class came to the fore when the result was in the balance, placing a perfect grubber to earn a repeat set that led to a penalty goal. Organised the troops well as usual and got through plenty of tough stuff on both sides of the ball. 7.5

Interchange

16. Shaniah Power: Only on the field for 14 minutes and as such wasn't able to have a big influence. 5

17. Brianna Clark: Fantastic work-rate off the bench. Ensured Queensland maintained the rage through the middle. 7.5

18. Tallisha Harden: A late inclusion and let no one down in 44 minutes. Proven performer who knew what was needed. 7

19. Rona Peters: Only got 16 minutes after being elevated from the reserves and while the veteran didn't post huge statistics, her presence seemed to lift the Maroons. 5.5

 

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

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