State of Origin NSW player ratings for game one

NSW win first Origin
NSW win first Origin


1.       Jarryd Hayne - 8.

Brilliant in attack and defence. Scored crucial first try and always seemed to be there at the back to thwart the Maroons' attack.

Powerful ball-running and shrugged off many defenders through his upper body strength.

2.       Brett Morris - 6.

Solid but unspectacular game. Kick chase was good.

3.       Michael Jennings - 7 ½

Threatened to poke his nose through the Queensland defence on more than one occasion. Scored a great try with outstanding footwork and guile.

4.       Josh Morris - 6 ½

His trysaver on Darius Boyd in the first half was a beauty.

5.       Blake Ferguson - 6 ½

Peppered by the high ball and, despite an early blemish, held his ground well on debut.

6.       James Maloney - 7

Kicked and ran well all night. Very composed on debut.

7.       Mitchell Pearce - 7

Good involvement in Hayne's try and some lovely short passing, almost putting Luke Lewis over for a try after 49 minutes.

8.       Paul Gallen - 7 ½

Typical captain's knock from a tireless and battered back rower who was thrust into the front-rowers' furnace.

9.       Robbie Farah - 71/2

Some good kicks earned the Blues some repeat sets - something they struggled to earn last year.

10.   James Tamou - 6

Careless dropped ball early, but recovered nicely after that.

11.   Ryan Hoffman - 6

Some solid left-edge running.

12.   Luke Lewis - 8 ½

Simply outstanding. Never lets the Blues down at this level. Fantastic footwork and always a threat with ball in hand.

13.   Greg Bird - 8

The real engine of the Blues' defence. Came off his line all night to whack the Maroons forwards and force errors.

14.   Andrew Fifita - 5

Didn't have to get too involved with his fellow forwards on fire.

15.   Trent Merrin - 5 ½

Took his impressive offloading skills to the Origin arena when on the field.

16.   Josh Reynolds - N/A

17.   Anthony Watmough - 6

Nice early involvement, footwork and offloading as usual from the Manly firebrand.

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