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How they rated - Qld


Brent Tate was named man of the match but Matt Scott was the pick of the Maroons in David Sygall's ratings.

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Origin: The agony and the ecstasy

Queensland State of Origin fans celebrate the "best game ever" while "devastated" Blues fans are wondering if they'll win a series "in our lifetime".

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1. Billy Slater - Safe under the bomb and returning kicks and made line break when Blues started to tire. Tried a bit too hard with the last pass once or twice. 7

2. Darius Boyd - Finger tip in-goal grounding spared him embarrassment but missed three tackles in first half and was shut down by Blues. 6

3. Greg Inglis - Aggressive in defence but gave away penalties, maybe because he saw little of ball in attack. Appeared to injure knee. 6

Johnathon Thurston on the run. Click for more photos

State of Origin - Game III

All the action from game three of State of Origin, 2013 - NSW Blues vs the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Photo: Brendan Esposito

4. Justin Hodges - Great hustle and made hit-ups when under the pump. Forced knock-on near try line then scored a few minutes later. 7.5

5. Brent Tate - Knocked on a Blues' kick early on but regained confidence by making a line break. Made a couple of last-ditch tackles. 7.5

6. Johnathan Thurston - Scored fifth Origin try in the early minutes and showed best of his defensive skills. 7

7. Cooper Cronk - Took on most of the kicking. Kick on 54 minutes brought a mistake from McManus and arguably turned the game. 7.5

8. Matt Scott - Best Maroons forward. Made his mark from the start and did not stop all night. 9

9. Cameron Smith (c) - Got through a mountain of work, as always. He made an almost unbelievable 45 tackles. A match-winner. 8.5

10. Nate Myles - Not his best match but was consistent with ball in hand and in defence. Played mistake-free forwards football. 7.5

11. Chris McQueen - Tackle on McManus on 21 minutes was a try saver, amid another whole-hearted performance with little fanfare. 8.5

12. Sam Thaiday - Not as prominent as usual, even if he did what he had to do. 7

13. Corey Parker - Made a match-high 17 runs and 145 metres gained, and an equal game-high 24 tackles by half-time - even if he later missed the tackle that led to Merrin's try. 7


14. Daly Cherry-Evans - Provided energy and charged down Pearce's kick on the hour. 6

15. Ben Te'o - A couple of missed tackles in first half but better in second. 5.5

16. Matt Gillett - Tackling machine from the bench. Massive effort. 7

17. Josh Papalii - Did the simple things well when called upon, but no more. 6


  • Went missing tonight, too much footy played. 2

    Date and time
    July 18, 2013, 2:44AM
    • Glad for the win, but thought the Maroons kicking to Dugan all the time was negative, a better result was the Blue's high ball choice with a good chase. The Blue's seem to make more ground with their sets as well.

      Mike Judd
      Church Point
      Date and time
      July 18, 2013, 7:46AM
      • Got to disagree with NSW high-balls being a better option. Pearce and Maloney only kick high balls both in Origin and at club level. Opposing back threes must love coming up against them because they know what to expect. The Roosters are ranked last in the NRL for forcing drop-outs and that is what you need in Origin to build pressure. If Pearce didn't have such prominent mates like Andrew Johns he would have been dropped two years ago. Adam Reynolds, Aidan Sezer, Albert Kelly and John Sutton are all better options in my opinion. Even Luke Walsh is more creative then Pearce. But, as a Queenslander, I hope they stick with Pearce.

        Tom C.
        Date and time
        July 18, 2013, 9:11AM
    • My only disagreement is with Cooper Cronk's score.

      His kicking game was not up to standard last night.
      On the fifth tackle he regularly kicked the bomb short of the line, grubbered at the wrong time, or sent it straight to a waiting NSW player.

      El Rey
      Date and time
      July 18, 2013, 8:44AM
      • Queensland kicked the ball dead many times last night, can't recall whether it was Cronk each time though, gifted NSW a 22 tap they didn't deserve. Queensland's kicking is normally way better than that.

        Date and time
        July 18, 2013, 10:11AM
        • How Matt Scott didn't get man of the match is beyond me. He played the best on the field - even more so than Smith which is saying something. Ah well.

          Date and time
          July 18, 2013, 2:12PM
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