Origin II: Queensland Player Ratings
1. Darius Boyd
Didn't see much of the ball in the first half but set up two of Queensland tries including the series-winner in the final 10 minutes. 8/10.
2. Corey Oates
The attacking opportunities afforded to him for much of the game were quickly defused by New South Wales but scored the crucial try to seal the Maroons' win. 7/10.
3. Greg Inglis
Was expected to make life difficult for Dylan Walker, and clearly thought the same because he barely saw his winger Oates as an option the entire game. Did make more carries than any other Maroon though. 6.5/10.
4. Justin O'Neill
Gave away a soft penalty midway through the first half, was hardly involved in attack but was solid in defence. 5.5/10.
5. Dane Gagai
Scored Queensland's first with an 80-metre intercept and ended up with a hat-trick midway through the second half. Was faultless other than assisting in James Maloney's long-range try. 8.5/10.
6. Johnathan Thurston
As usual, Thurston chimed in and stood up in the crucial moments. Did everything right: set up Gagai's third try, forced dropouts and was just about the Maroons' best. 9/10.
7. Cooper Cronk
Commanded Queensland's kicking game with a clear target of pressuring Matt Moylan under the high ball but let Thurston run the show otherwise. 7/10.
8. Matt Scott
Solid without being outstanding. Produced a typical performance but was overshadowed by several of his teammates. 6.5/10.
9. Cameron Smith (c)
Kicked off proceedings with a sneaky line break and tackled his heart out for the remainder of the game. 8/10.
10. Josh McGuire
Started off with all guns blazing and produced 85 metres in his first stint but wasn't given much of an opportunity in the second half. 7.5/10.
11. Matt Gillett
Queensland's quiet achiever did his job with little fuss in first half. Came into his own in the second half. 8/10.
12. Sam Thaiday
Was a solid contributor for the Maroons but his spear tackle on New South Wales skipper Paul Gallen would overshadow his performance. 6.5/10.
13. Corey Parker
The retiring Queensland lock could play until he is 50. Had produced almost 50 metres in the first eight minutes and kept the ball rolling for the Maroons all night long. 8.5/10.
14. Michael Morgan
Morgan commanded plenty of attention in first half, with his impact felt in the Blues' end of the field on several occasions. 6.5/10.
15. Jacob Lillyman
Ensured the Maroons didn't miss the injured Nate Myles and surely booked his ticket for Origin III with a solid contribution off the bench. 7/10.
16. Aidan Guerra
Didn't feature in the first half, did his best late on but did nothing that endangered New South Wales. 4.5/10.
17. Josh Papalii
Amazing impact. Entered the game midway through the first half and racked 137 metres in just half hour of game time. 8/10.
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