Player ratings from New South Wales following their massive 50-6 home state win over Queensland in Townsville.
1 James Tedesco – 8.5
The Blues captain was solid in the back, playing his regular supporting role through the middle and amassed 181 running yards.
2 Brian To’o – 9.5
A dream State of Origin debut for Penrith’s winger, who scored a double and ran 215m – the tallest of any player on the field.
3 Latrell Mitchell – 9
Barnstorming center returned triumphantly to Origin, terrorizing the left wing with two tries and a try assist.
Daniel Saifiti celebrates after scoring a try during the 2021 State of Origin series game
Tom Trbojevic (left) celebrates after scoring a hat-trick for the Blues in the first game of the series, earning him a player rating of 9.5.
4 Tom Trbojevic – 9.5
Brought his stunning NRL form to Origin level to score three tries in one of the most dominant performances in recent history.
5 Josh Addo Carr – 7
He didn’t get too involved in his sharpness, but was solid in defense and kept the Maroon defenders in two minds.
6 Jarome Luai – 8
The Panthers five-eighth made it look easy in his Origin debut, finishing the evening with a try-assist for Tom Trbojevic’s second.
7 Nathan Cleary – 9
The best game he has played at this level, Cleary calmly controlled the win and delivered some solid hits.
8 Daniel Saifiti – 8
Took brave runs and scored his first Origin try-off a set play under the posts to make up for his three mistakes.
Latrell Mitchell (pictured) returned to Origin triumphantly, terrorizing the left wing with two tries and a try assist, earning him a player rating of 9.
Halfback Nathan Cleary (pictured) also suffered a beating, splitting his head in the 20th minute, but he still achieved a player rating of 9
9 Damien Cook – 7.5
The South Sydney hooker was at his best in the ruck, breaking the line several times.
10 Jake Trbojevic – 6
Only had half an hour on the field but made 55 yards and 22 tackles without missing one.
11 Cameron Murray – 7
It took 57 minutes after playing just one game in a month to get into Origin.
12 Tariq Sims – 7
Was a handful on the left and came up with a brilliant cut-out pass to give Brian To’o his first Origin try.
13 Isaah Yeo – 8.5
Typed Origin spirit with a massive defensive effort to stop Dane Gagai from scoring with only five minutes left on the clock.
Josh Addo-Carr (pictured) didn’t get too involved in his lead but was solid in defense and kept the Maroons’ defenders in two minds, earning him a player rating of 7
14 Jack Wighton – 4
Had a broken 18 minutes on the field in a real utility performance but didn’t have much impact.
15 Junior Paulo – 5
Had five runs for 66 yards in a solid 33 minute stint from the bench.
16 Payne Haas – 8.5
A huge performance from the Broncos prop, punching holes in the Queensland line with 138 yards and 29 tackles without missing.
17 Liam Martin – 6
Played from the bench for half an hour but terrorized Maroon’s halves in his short stint.
Kyle Feldt (center) looks on after losing game one of 2021’s State of Origin series
Queensland player ratings after their home state loss to NSW in Townsville on Wednesday night.
1 Valentine Holmes – 6
Didn’t get much of a chance to show his talent at his home stadium and came up with a few mistakes.
2 Xavier Coatings – 5″
Looked dangerous when given the chance but came up with some costly handling mistakes to put more pressure on his side.
3 Kurt Capewell – 6
Came with a bad miss on Tom Trbojevic for the Blues’ first try but got one back on the other side later in the first half.
Felise Kaufusi (pictured) made some poor defensive misses as fatigue set in in the second half, earning him a player rating of 5
Kyle Feldt (pictured) conceded a penalty for sending Josh Addo-Carr off the ball on the last tackle, giving him a player rating of 4
4 Gagai’s Data – 5
Had a rough night with Latrell Mitchell and Brian To’o and didn’t have the same impact he usually has at this level.
5 Kyle Feldt – 4
Gave a penalty for Josh Addo-Carr running away from the ball on the final tackle, giving away a set of six leading to NSW’s first try.
6 Cameron Munster – 6
Made a costly mistake at the end of a set in the first half but never stopped trying, making Kurt Capewell Qld’s first try.
7 Daly Cherry-Evans – 5
Didn’t get much space with the ball and had to defend as NSW got involved late in the second half.
Joe Ofahengaue of the Maroons pushes Jerome Luai of the Blues during tense clash
8 Christian Welch – 2
Had one hit and made seven tackles before being eliminated in the 12th minute after a head-on collision with Brian To’o. Failed his HIA and did not return.
9 Harry Grant – 5
Was explosive on its debut last year, but this time struggled to find the same kind of space around the ruck.
10 Tino Fa’asuamaleaui – 6
I did a lot of work in the middle with little fuss, but the fatigue started late.
11 Felise Kaufusi – 5
Came up with some poor defensive misses as fatigue set in in the second half, forcing Jarome Luai on to set up Tom Trbojevic’s second attempt.
Kurt Capewell of the Maroons celebrates with teammates after scoring a try
Daly Cherry-Evans (pictured) didn’t get much space with the ball and was forced to defend when NSW got a roll late in the second half, earning him a player rating of 5
12 David Fifita – 6
Played great minutes and got the NSW defense down the middle, finishing with 116 running metres, the most of any Queensland forward.
13 Jai Arrow – 5
Chased a target on Nathan Cleary, but hit just 56 yards out in two stints.
14 Alexander Brimson – 4
Came on with only 30 minutes to play but didn’t have the field position to make much of an impact.
15 Jaydn Su’a – 4
Finished with just 46 yards and 10 tackles from a 35 minute stint.
16 Moeaki Fotuaika – 7
The Titans attacker was one of the best in Queensland, with 108 meters and 29 tackles without misses.
17 Joe Ofahengaue – 4
Came with a stupid move to knock out James Tedesco and concede a penalty and made a couple of mistakes.
David Fifita (pictured) played good minutes and brought the NSW defense right through the middle. He finished with 116 running yards, earning him a player rating of 6.