State of Origin II: NSW player ratings

15:04, Jun 18 2014
Aaron Woods
Aaron Woods dives onto the pile of celebrating NSW players after Trent Hodkinson's try.
Brent Tate
Brent Tate is helped off the field after injuring his right knee in an awkward tackle.
Trent Hodkinson
Trent Hodkinson (centre) celebrates with Josh Reynolds (right) and Will Hopoate after his 71st minute try that proved the difference.
Ryan Hoffman
Ryan Hoffman drags two Queensland defenders with him.
Brent Tate
Queensland wing Brent Tate jumps to offload in the tackle early in the match.
NSW fans
The 83,421 that witnessed State of Origin II at ANZ Stadium was predominantly a shade of blue.
Sam Thaiday
Sam Thaiday celebrates a try as NSW players appeal for a knock-on. The try was disallowed after review.
Jarryd Hayne
Jarryd Hayne appeals to referee Ben Cummins for a favourable ruling.
Aidan Guerra and Beau Scott
Queensland's Aidan Guerra and NSW's Beau Scott size each other up.
ANZ Stadium
The scene of NSW's first State of Origin series victory since 2005, ANZ Stadium.
Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds leaps into the stands to celebrate NSW's series win with fans.
Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds jumps into the arms of Luke Lewis at the final whistle.

New South Wales won their first State of Origin series since 2005. How did their players rate in Game II?

1. Jarryd Hayne Found it hard to work himself into the game and was heavily targeted by the Maroons. He saved two certain Queensland tries.  (7/10)

2. Will Hopoate Played through the pain barrier to complete his mission to keep Darius Boyd quiet. Quality ball eluded the Eels flyer.  (5/10)

3. Michael Jennings A victim of the slow and grinding affair and was limited in his involvement. Sill yet to produce his best in his 12 Origin games.  (5/10)

4. Josh Dugan  Operation keep Greg Inglis quiet was a success for Dugan. Unfortunately he was kept equally quiet with limited ball movement from the Blues.  (5/10)

5. Daniel Tupou The frequent flyer was kept grounded and largely kept out of the game. Confined to kick returns and dummy-half runs.  (4/10)

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6. Josh Reynolds The game suited the man known as grub but he couldn't produce his attacking best. His boot saved a certain  try on half-time.  (5/10)

7. Trent Hodkinson Solid as a rock in his second game in the No.7 jumper and produced a solo effort to score the match-winning try.  (8/10)

8. Paul Gallen (c) He played like he had two heads, four legs and eight years of pain in his heart. The skipper had a high workrate with 21 hit-ups and 35 tackles.  (7/10)

9. Robbie Farah His head-to-head battle with Cameron Smith was a highlight. He tried to lift his team with several big hits and his kicking game was first rate.   (8/10)

10. Aaron Woods A strong start but was left on the bench for a long period in the middle of the contest. He looked dangerous with ball in hand.  (6/10)

11. Beau Scott Beau was like an arrow in hunting down Maroon attackers. Conversely, his attack was uninspiring and was replaced with 20 minutes to go.  (5/10)

12. Ryan Hoffman The left-hand edge has become his forte and he was right on the money  in patrolling it.  The go-to man for the Blues in attack.  (8/10)

13. Greg Bird Revelled in the niggle and was in the thick of everything. He was typically uncompromising in attack and defence.  (6/10)

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14. James Tamou Gave away a penalty on entry and things didn't improve.  (4/10)

15. Anthony Watmough  Down on his usual Origin form.  (5/10)

16. Trent Merrin Left to the second half and couldn't help spark the attack.  (5/10)

17. Luke Lewis Limited game time and struggled for rhythm.  (5/10)

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