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PLAYER REVIEWS: See who played and who flopped as NSW crushed Queensland to even the series

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PLAYER REVIEWS: See who played and who flopped as NSW Queensland beat to the series in exciting style

  • NSW ran out 34-point winners after wrecking the Maroons in Perth
  • Nathan Cleary and James Tedesco were stars for an unbridled Blues outfit
  • Patrick Carrigan and Cameron Munster led the way for the Maroons

After a tight first half punctuated by a controversial sin box, the NSW Blues turned on the afterburners to blitz Queensland in the second 40 minutes, led by dynamite plays from half Nathan Cleary and James Tedesco.

It was a gloomy night for the Maroons at Optus Stadium in Perth as they collapsed under the relentless NSW attack and showed an unusually soft defense in the later stages.

This is how the players did it…

Nathan Cleary is somewhere under this avalanche of celebrating Blues players after scoring one of his two tries during the NSW triumph

NSW

JAMES TEDESCO 8.5

BRIAN TO’O 7.5

MATTE BURTON 8

STEPHEN CRICHTON 4

DANIEL TUPOU 7.5

JAROME LUAI 6

NATHAN CLEAR 9

PAYNE HARE 6.5

APISAI KOROISAU 5

JAKE TRBOJEVIC 8

CAMERON MURRAY 7

LIAM MARTIN 6.5

ISAAH YEO 7.5

DAMIEN COOK 5

ANGUS CRICHTON 7

JUNIOR PAULO 7.5

SIOSIFA TALAKAI 5

Stephen Crichton is delighted after his Penrith team-mate Jarome Luai scored in the 58th minute

Stephen Crichton is delighted after his Penrith team-mate Jarome Luai scored in the 58th minute

The look on Patrick Carrigan's face says it all.  He was one of the best in Queensland, but the Maroons were never really on the hunt after halftime

The look on Patrick Carrigan’s face says it all. He was one of the best in Queensland, but the Maroons were never really on the hunt after halftime

QUEENLAND

KALYN PONGA 5

Mixed bag. Put on the pass for the first attempt, the second set up and passed the test of bad high balls from Burton. Drop the team on the defensive with a few lazy swipes that led to attempts.

SELWYN COBBO 1

A night of horror for the young talent with four crucial mistakes in the face of the rushing NSW defense line and incredible kicks from Cleary and Burton.

VALENTINESHOLM 4

Gave away an escort leading up to a crucial Blues attempt and didn’t come close to the form he showed in game 1. The limited time in possession meant he was rarely able to launch an offensive attack, but he tried all night.

DANE GAGAI 1

He again missed eight tackles and could fight to save his Origin career. Had half chance to score a try early but got escorted over the sidelines by NSW defense

MURRAY TAULAGI 2

Tormented by towering bombs on the debut and never really got a chance to attack with the Maroons on the back foot for most of the night.

CAMERON MUNSTER 6

His first two kicks were shot, but he was elusive and slippery again for most of the night. Saved a sure try in the second half with incredible skill. Toiled all night, but choked on the defense.

DALY CHERRY EVANS 4

He never took the game by the scruff, nor did he get a chance to get it under control behind a crushed forward pack.

LINDSAY COLINS 3

Forced off the field in the first half for an HIA, but was able to return. Like most attackers, his grades were not acceptable for a starting attacker

BEN HUNT 3

Didn’t do much wrong, didn’t have a chance to do much right. Mopped up the early tackles before Harry Grant was injected and went to the bench without accomplishing anything noteworthy.

JOSH PAPALII 3

The good news for fans of the big unit in Queensland was that he played eight minutes more than his cameo in the first game. The bad news was that he was beaten by the Blues for most of those minutes.

KURT CAPEWELL 3

Won just 30 yards and missed four tackles. Completely outplayed by his counterparts. Like all attackers, he just couldn’t match the energy of the NSW pack.

FELISE KAUFUSI 3

Scored the opening try, but was ejected just before half time due to repeated team indiscretions. Though the decision was questionable, his absence proved costly to the Maroons. Have Nathan Cleary run right over him to try.

TINO FA’ASUAMALEAUI 4

Led the attackers early, but was mysteriously kept on the bench for far too long when the Blues rioted. Also a learning experience for coach Billy Slater, big Tino could have been used more.

HARRY GRANT 3

Like most Queenslanders, he was behind for most of the night and had little chance to show what he can do on offense. Mopped up a lot of tackles, but also missed way too many.

JAI ARROW 2

There have been questions about his selection and they will only get louder. Couldn’t even reach 50 yards and missed three tackles.

PATRICK CARRIGAN 6

He toiled hard off the bench and was the only Queensland forward to exceed 100 yards. Should be raised to the start side and was a shining light in a front pack being tied up.

JEREMIA NANAI 2

Let Jerome Luai jump through his fingers, resulting in the try that broke open the game. Not many attacking opportunities given after an injection in the second half.

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