Player ratings: Star ‘struggled’ to repay faith

The Maroons have prevented an embarrassing Origin clean sweep on home soil after hanging on to win Game Three 20-18.

After heavily one-sided contests in the first two matches of the series, Queensland did their state proud with their performance on the Gold Coast, holding out fast-finishing Blues side to prevent the humiliation of a rare 3-0 result.

So, who shone brightest for the Maroons and who struggled to nail their chance for the Blues?

There’s nowhere to hide in The Mole’s player ratings.

State of Origin Game 3 – Highlights

NSW BLUES

1. James Tedesco: His quietest game of the series but still made 183 metres and always threatened.

Rating: 8 

2. Brian To’o: Had a couple of nervous moments under pressure but overall was again strong. 

Rating: 7

3. Latrell Mitchell: Came up with some huge plays yet again in the first half but lost his way a bit in the second. 

Rating: 7

4. Tom Trbojevic: Was given little time or space by the Queensland defence and missed the crisp service from Cleary and Luai.

Rating: 6

5. Josh Addo-Carr: Like Turbo Tom, couldn’t find open space and made a crucial error from a kick downfield in the second half. 

Rating: 5

6. Jack Wighton: Struggled early with his decision making, made amends with a smart solo try but overall, not at his best. 

Rating: 6

7. Mitchell Moses: Defended well under pressure but struggled to give the Blues direction in attack. 

Rating: 4

8. Dale Finucane: Brought a bit of Storm to the Blues, playing with plenty of toughness and enthusiasm.  

Rating: 7

9. Damien Cook: Didn’t run much with the ball and the Blues looked more dangerous when Koroisau got his chance. 

Rating: 5

10. Junior Paulo: Took the Maroons line on and was a threat but couldn’t put any of his supports away through the line.

Rating: 7

11. Cameron Murray: Always busy and on the ball, as he has been all series.   

Rating: 7

12. Tariq Sims: Busy and energetic, tried to get the Blues going forward. 

Rating: 6

13. Isaah Yeo: Completed a fine series with another enthusiastic game, plenty of involvement. 

Rating: 6

14. Api Koroisau: Made the most of his call-up, scoring a fine try on debut and giving good service at dummy-half. 

Rating: 6

Koroisau try sparks melee

15. Angus Crichton: Strong off the bench, making the hard yards up the middle. 

Rating: 7

16. Payne Haas: Lifted the Blues off the bench and made the hard yards in attack.  

Rating: 7

17. Liam Martin: Tried to lift the Blues when he got his chance but was well contained by the Maroons. 

Rating: 5

QUEENSLAND MAROONS

1. Kalyn Ponga: Added plenty of penetration and strike power to the Maroons backline – pity he was injured in the earlier games.

Rating: 8

Hunt completes second half double

2. Valentine Holmes: Had few chances and then injured his shoulder just before halftime, ending his night.

Rating: 4

3. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow: Scored a fine try on debut and handled Tommy Turbo fairly well.

Rating: 6

4. Dane Gagai: Made a couple of crucial mistakes in the first half, missing Latrell for a try, then bombing one.

Rating: 5

5. Xavier Coates: Didn’t get many opportunities but did his job running the ball back.

Rating: 6

6. Cameron Munster: Got under the Blues’ skin with his aggressive game and created a vital try.

Rating: 7

7. Daly Cherry-Evans: Led the Maroons well, ensuring they held solid under pressure in the dying stages.

Rating: 7

8. Christian Welch: Led the Maroons’ tackle count and very solid in the middle.

Rating: 7

9. Ben Hunt: Fine all round game, tackling strongly, kicking well and scoring two second half tries.

Rating: 8

Hunt turns game for Maroons

10. Josh Papalii: The Maroons’ most dangerous forward, making yards through the line time and again.

Rating: 8

11. Kurt Capewell: Looked more at home in the second row than in the centres, running strongly.

Rating: 7

12. Felise Kaufusi: Came up with some big plays in defence and ran the ball up with plenty of vigour

Rating: 7

13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui: After being quiet in the earlier games, came up with some big plays including creating Tabuai-Fidow’s try.

Rating: 7

14. AJ Brimson: Replaced Holmes and didn’t let the team down, playing solidly in the centres.

Rating: 6

15. Moeaki Fotuaika: Made more yards than any Queensland forward in an enthusiastic display.

Rating: 8

16. Francis Molo: Did the job Paul Green wanted from the bench, adding enthusiasm and aggression.

Rating: 7

17. Thomas Flegler: Got limited minutes on debut but didn’t look out of his depth.

Rating: 5

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