State of Origin II: Queensland player ratings

JON TUXWORTH
Last updated 03:04 19/06/2014
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Queensland were held tryless in State of Origin II as they lost the series. How did their players rate?

1. Billy Slater Not at his explosive best due to his shoulder issue, but was rock solid at the back as New South Wales' kickers tested his fitness with a high-ball barrage.  (6/10)

2. Darius Boyd Was curiously starved of opportunity given the inexperienced Blues right edge was clearly an area Queensland would have liked to exploit.   (5/10)

3. Greg Inglis The pre-match talk was dominated by his clash with Josh Dugan playing out of position. Wasn't given the time and space Queensland would have wanted.   (6/10)

4. Justin Hodges Was seemingly given a roving commission by Mal Meninga, and nearly set up the opening try off an inside ball from Thurston. Plenty of work from dummy-half and was Queensland's most dangerous in attack.  (8/10)

5. Brent Tate Was strong before succumbing to yet another knee injury in the second half. Every league fan hopes it's not too serious.   (6/10)

6. Johnathan Thurston Dominated the playmaking reins with Cherry-Evans on one leg. His kicking game was handy, but failed to come up with the killer plays.   (6/10)

7. Daly Cherry-Evans The debate will rage as to whether he should have stood aside for Ben Hunt to make his debut. Was far from 100per cent and perhaps should have made the tough call.   (5/10)

8. Matt Scott Sustained a cheekbone injury in the first half and played no part after the break.   (5/10)

9. Cameron Smith (c) Shouldered more playmaking responsibility than usual to ease pressure on Cherry-Evans.   (7/10)

10. Nate Myles A big display in a physical match tailor-made for him. Finished with nearly 50 tackles and over 120 metres.  (8/10)

11. Aidan Guerra Promoted to the starting line-up after a strong game-one performance. Failed to eat up the yards he would have liked.   (5/10)

12. Matt Gillett Outstanding game from the Broncos workhorse. Bent the line every time he got the ball.    (8/10)

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13. Sam Thaiday Was only denied the first try through some brilliant Jarryd Hayne defence.   (7/10)

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14. Jacob Lillyman Justified his inclusion after a three-year absence from Origin. Provided the punch off the bench. (7/10)

15. Ben Te'o Solid without being spectacular. Heavily involved in defence.    (6/10)

16. Chris McQueen Much like Origin I failed to have any significant impact. His spot could be in some jeopardy for Origin III.   (5/10)

17. Dave Taylor  A speculative late pass put the Maroons under  pressure and led to Trent Hodkinson's match-winner.   (3/10)

- Sydney Morning Herald

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