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NSW State of Origin ratings

NSW player ratings for State of Origin III at ANZ Stadium.
NSW State of Origin ratings
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, July 17 AAP - NSW player ratings for State of Origin III at ANZ Stadium.

1. JOSH DUGAN - Great pass to set up McManus try, but missed a golden opportunity to score when he failed to haul in a Andrew Fifita offload. Still, looks a long-term option in the No.1 jumper. 8.

2. BRETT MORRIS - Didn't really get the chance to offer much in attack but always solid under the high ball. 6.

3. MICHAEL JENNINGS - Flickered rather than glowed with the ball in his hands. Could have done better to prevent Justin Hodges try. 5.

4. JOSH MORRIS - Always involved and was a Darius Boyd fingernail away from scoring a try that would have been the difference. 6.

5. JAMES MCMANUS - Excellent under the high ball, finished his try magnificently - a smart selection. 7.

6. JAMES MALONEY - Never afraid to take on the line, showed no fear after being targeted in game two. Should keep his place next year. 7.

7. MITCHELL PEARCE - Knocked on his first pass, always involved, but question marks remain about his decision making and kicking at the highest level. Will this be his last chance? 5.

8. AARON WOODS - Missed tackle helped Thurston ease his way to the line, struggled to really make an impression. 5.

9. ROBBIE FARAH - Led from the front valiantly, but appeared to be troubled by a knee injury. Outstanding in defence and could do little more. 7.

10. JAMES TAMOU - Not as threatening going forward as last year, and should have done better to stop Thurston's try. 6.

11. LUKE LEWIS - Struggled with an ankle injury and limped off early in the second half. Not at his best. 5

12. RYAN HOFFMAN - Kept plugging away in his own unfussy manner. A willing runner who can feel unlucky to be on the losing side. 7.

13 GREG BIRD - Conceded silly penalty that led to opening Maroons try, but was his abrasive best throughout. A real warrior. 7


14. ANDREW FIFITA - Superb. Troubled Queensland from the moment he took the field. Big metre eater, fantastic going forward. 9.

15. TRENT MERRIN - Came on late in the game and set up a grandstand finish with a try with his second touch. 7.

16. BOYD CORDNER - Took a good hit-up with his first touch, but little else. Won't be the last time we see the 21-year-old at the level. 6.

17. ANTHONY WATMOUGH - Arguably his best game for NSW. Was at the heart of everything NSW threw at the Maroons - huge effort and deserved better. 8

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