State of Origin Queensland player ratings for game one
QUEENSLAND PLAYER RATINGS
1. Billy Slater - 6
A couple of probing runs from this champion custodian, but well contained by opposite Jarryd Hayne when in the clear.
2. Darius Boyd - 6 ½
Scored a try but was well shut down by the Blues outside backs, unlike game one last year.
3. Greg Inglis - 6
Surprising lack of early thrust in the game, before setting up Boyd for Queensland's only try with a well-timed pass.
4. Justin Hodges - 7 ½
This man is a colossus. Tremendous strength and footwork with the ball, attracting multiple Blues defenders on many occasions. Great scamper and offload from dummy-half almost led to a try inside the final quarter of the match.
5. Brent Tate - 6 ½
Under pressure all night by the kicking games of Maloney and Pearce and stood up, but wasn't spectacular.
6. Johnathan Thurston - 6
You have to commend this champion pivot's courage - playing the game sick and injured. Passing game once again was first class, but his kicks did not place his opponents under any real pressure.
7. Cooper Cronk - 6
Challenged Michael Jennings early with some testing kicks, but failed to have the impact he had during his outstanding series last year.
8. Matthew Scott - 6
Tried hard, but the Blues' forward pack was simply too quick and mobile for this tough competitor.
9. Cameron Smith - 6 ½
Not the Cameron Smith we all know, but played behind an out-enthused forward pack. Almost scored a clever try, but was denied due to a double movement.
10. David Shillington - 6
Didn't quite bend the defensive line in the same way that Steve Price , Petero Civoniceva and Ben Hannant can.
11. Nate Myles - 7
Copped a battering all night, and arguably an unfair couple of punches from Paul Gallen for good measure. Stood up to all tests thrown his way.
12. Sam Thaiday - 5 ½
Quiet early and only really made a slight impact late in the game.
13. Ashley Harrison - 6
Made a few fearless charges early while his fellow forwards were under the pump.
14. Corey Parker - 5 ½
Some solid work up the middle, but lacked the grunt that his opposite Greg Bird provided his team.
15. Matt Gillett - 5 ½
Showed some real class with his few touches.
16. Ben Te'o - 5 ½
Provided some energy and pace with the ball in attack.
17. Chris McQueen - 6
Did the small town of Kingaroy proud with some nice touches off the bench in his first Origin game.