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    State of Origin III player ratings


    MATT BUNGARD AND JAMES BUCKLEY

    Last updated 07:22, July 12 2018

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    NSW Blues star James Maloney celebrates with fans and team-mates after State of Origin III.


    OPINION: Player ratings from the Maroons' 18-12 win over the Blues in State of Origin III at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

    NEW SOUTH WALES
    by Sydney Morning Herald writer Matt Bungard

    James Tedesco 7: Threw an ill-advised cut-out pass that was intercepted for the opening try but recovered well and backed up to give the Blues a half-time lead.

    Tom Trbojevic 8: Cleaned up plenty of kicks under real pressure and showed great instincts to swing the game in NSW's favour with a runaway try while the Blues were down a man.

    Latrell Mitchell 6.5: Muscled up in defence but was caught slightly out of position for Holmes' second try. Not as explosive in attack as in game two.

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    James Roberts 6: Another pretty quiet game from the centre, who hasn't really been able to make his mark on this series.

    Josh Addo-Carr 7: Nearly turned the game on its head with a sensational run in the dying minutes. Desperately needed more touches.

    James Maloney: Another mixed bag: some excellent last-ditch defence, but a sin bin and a few bad options. 6.5

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    Nathan Cleary 7: Stepped up a bit more as the primary playmaker in this game and had some nice kicks along with a decent running game.

    David Klemmer 6: Was his regular hard-running self, but a bone-headed tripping penalty cost the Blues a chance to level the game late on.

    Damien Cook 7.5: Made an important line break and put Tedesco over for a try. Chose his times to run carefully.

    Paul Vaughan 5.5: Thrown into the starting team for this final game but was only used sparingly at the start and didn't return.

    Boyd Cordner 6.5: Playing hurt. Another brave game from the skipper on the left edge. Will be gutted not to lead them to a whitewash.

    Tyson Frizell 7: Needed more minutes. Looked the most likely of any Blues forward to make something happen. Ran hard and with intent every time.

    Jack de Belin 7: Moved to the bench at the last second, but made the most of his limited time with some strong defence.

    Tariq Sims 6.5: Had a pretty exciting debut: gave away a baffling penalty when he had the ball but was aggressive and looked likely to create every time he had a touch.

    Jake Trbojevic 7.5: Thrust into the starting line-up in a late change and didn't miss a beat. Worked his socks off and was great with the ball in hand.

    Angus Crichton 5: Threw an unfortunate ball over the sideline with a promising attack brewing and was caught out a couple of times.

    Tyrone Peachey 5.5: More minutes than he got in the first two games and looked lively in the place of Cordner in the dying stages.

    QUEENSLAND
    By Sydney Morning Herald writer James Buckley

    Billy Slater 8: Denied a fairytale try early, then threatened with every subsequent touch. Did everything in his power to retire a winner.

    Valentine Holmes 8: Scored a try in each half and now has eight tries in five Origin appearances. His acrobatic intercept late on helped seal the win.

    Dane Gagai 6: One of his quieter games in Origin, filling in for Greg Inglis at left centre. 50m run in second half his best moment.

    Will Chambers 7: Much more solid defensively than the first two games of the series, and held his nerve to put Holmes over for his second.

    Corey Oates 5: Made a couple of handling errors at key moments during the second half. Will be sore this morning after taking a massive Tariq Sims hit.

    Cameron Munster 7: Improved as the game went on and made the break that led to Cherry-Evans' try. Looks as Queensland superstar of the future.

    Daly Cherry-Evans 8: Arguably the best player on the ground. Pulled the strings in the first half then scored what turned out to be the match winner.

    Jai Arrow 7: Emerged as an Origin player with a superb effort in the front row. Finished with 100 damaging run metres and 17 tackles.

    Andrew McCullough 5: Tidy around the ruck in a 30-minute stint after starting and came back on late on. Replaced by Ben Hunt before half time.

    Josh Papalii 7: Handled the switch to prop with aplomb and bent the defensive line with every second hit up. A handful all night.

    Gavin Cooper 7: Very strong on both sides of the ball and threw the pass for Cherry-Evans' try. Easily his best game of the series.

    Felise Kaufusi 6: Played his role on right edge and made a key tackle on Maloney with five minutes to go which would have seen NSW level the scores.

    Josh McGuire 5: At fault for the Blues' second try when James Tedesco surged through a gap and may struggle to retain his place next season.

    Ben Hunt 7: Played 50 minutes and proved he belongs at this level. Constantly probing around the ruck, and his kicking game was superb.

    Jarrod Wallace 6: Played well in a 26-minute stint either side of half-time making 86 run metres. Did what was asked of him.

    Coen Hess 6: Looked much more damaging than earlier in the series, and came very close to scoring 10 minutes into the second half.

    Tim Glasby 5: Came on in the second half and did his job around the ruck after Kevin Walters demanded improvement from his side in that area.

    - Sydney Morning Herald

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