Rhys Wesser 6
Wesser had a bit of a shocker,
playing more like Hodges. Let in the first try, put his team under pressure with
dropped balls and fumbles. Did put on a good pass for Slaters first try and a
brilliant tackle on Rooney to save a try. Put in a stupid kick on the third
tackle in the second half wasting good possession close to the Blues line.
Matt Sing 7
Professional display. Came inside to kill off
movements with smothering defence and covered well on kicks.
Seems to step up in the Origin games
Paul Bowman 7.5
The sort of game we expect from
him at this level. Strong in defence, but rarely threatening in attack.
Brilliant defence, always making the tackle when the Blues were threatening.
Constantly chopped down the big Blues forwards, especially O'Meley
Willie Tonga 7.5
Had trouble handling Gidley in defence, but was
a big threat when he ran the ball. Strong debut- brilliant
foot work but shakey in defence.
Billy Slater 8
Attacked brilliantly. Scored the try of the
series in the second half to continue a terrific first Origin series. Poor
defence at times. Should have left Gidley to Flannery instead of coming off wing
and got ran over by Tahu but did manage to knock Tahu and ball out in second
half to save try. Brilliant speed
Darren Lockyer (c) 8
Controlled the game for the Maroons. His
defence, passing and kicking were all quality, as usual.
Scott Prince 7
Dropped into a supporting role in the playmaking
with Lockyer back from injury and was solid. Threatened
the line a few times and good defence
Tonie Carroll 7
Didn't come up with the big plays he did in
Origin I, but worked hard in defence and chased hard on kicks.
Strong defence as usual and threatened the line
Dane Carlaw 7
Shared the workload. Hit the line strongley and
good defence. Picked up a lucky try
Petero Civoniceva 7
Typically robust display. Tough in defence and
backed up some good, hard runs with quick play-the-balls.
Steve Price 8
Solid game as always. Hit the ball up all night
and defended strongly. Saves interchanges for other players
Cameron Smith 8
Another wholehearted display. Always a threat
with his skill around the rucks and kicked well out of dummy-half.
Shane Webcke 7
The most respected prop in the game worked his
guts out and did well, apart from one knock-on.
Ben Ross 7
The same as he did in Origin I, came off the
bench and made an impact with some big charges.
Corey Parker 5.5
Found it tough to adjust to the pace of Origin
football, but kept trying. He'll be more used to it next time.
Chris Flannery 7
Got heavily involved as he usually does off the
bench. Could have scored in the 50th minute, but knocked on due to some early
interference. Excellent defence
Matt Bowen 6
Not introduced until the second half, as usual.
Tried to get involved, but couldn't find a hole in the Blues defence. Threatened
Anthony Minichiello 6.5
Not as dominant as he was in Origin last year.
Did some good things, but made mistakes, too. A couple of great runs from the
back to get Blues out from their line but missed a couple of tackles
Timana Tahu 7.5
Scored two first-half tries, both a result of
his great understanding with Newcastle teammate Gidley but dropped the bomb to
let Carlaw in for his try. Managed to catch the next one when Maroons tried it
Matt Gidley 7.5
Always a danger in attack and created Tahu's two
tries, but had some trouble handling Tonga in defence.
Luke Lewis 6.5
Not as sure as he was in Origin I. Defended
well, but rarely found himself in position to threaten in attack. Gave away the
stupid penalty to let Maroons get 4 ahead and run down game
Luke Rooney 7
Solid. Tackled into touch by Wesser on
try-scoring chance in first half, but scored a try in the second half.
Brad Fittler 7
Had a strong influence in the first half. Not as
dominant after the break, but kept trying until the end.
Brett Finch 6.5
Threw himself into the game early, but as a
rookie he wasn't the man to get the Blues out of trouble. Great bombs but went
missing in the second half
Craig Fitzgibbon 7.5
Strong as ever. Worked his guts out in defence
like he always does and charged it up hard all night. Great goalkicking
Andrew Ryan 6.5
Similar to Fitzgibbon, he was a workaholic,
throwing himself into the defence and taking the ball up hard.
Nathan Hindmarsh 7
Did plenty of work in defence and made a good
run in the lead-up to Rooney's second-half try. Great run in the first half down
the touch line.
Mark O'Meley 7
Put his stamp on the game early on with a series
of big hit-ups and backed it up with quality defence.
Danny Buderus (c) 6
His work ethic was terrific, but couldn't come
up with a play to drag the Blues back into it. Tried his usual dirty tactics at
times and ran on the fifth tackle and lost possession
Jason Stevens 3
Struggled with the pace early on and spent a lot
of time off the field. Will be lucky to hold his spot. What was the point of
having him in the squad
Willie Mason 7
Tried to get into the game and made a good
impact at times, including in the lead-up to Rooney's late try.
Brent Kite 6
Did some good work in defence when he first came
on, but drifted out of the game a bit as it wore on.
Trent Waterhouse 4
Didn't get a lot of game time and that could be
a bad sign for him when it comes to selection for Origin III. Could be down to
Goulds poor use of the bench but made no impact in little time on the field
Craig Wing 6.5
Had some good moments after coming off the bench
in the first half, but not as dangerous as usual.