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State of Origin player ratings

Published: 12:29AM Thursday June 14, 2012 Source: AAP

Player ratings for Wednesday night's second State of Origin game at ANZ Stadium.

NSW

Fullback: Brett Stewart - Overcame a couple of early fumbles to score two tries in a great all round display. Rating: 8.

Winger: Jarryd Hayne - Made the most of his opportunities and his full blooded kick return led to Josh Morris' second half try. 7.

Centre: Michael Jennings - Denied Brent Tate a certain try inside the last 10 minutes but was fairly quiet throughout. 6.5.

Centre: Josh Morris - Outstanding defensive effort in the first half in containing Greg Inglis on the right edge before scoring a run-away try in the second half. 8.

Winger: Akuila Uate - Found out by Queensland with the Newcastle winger failing to deal with a couple of kicks that led to tries. 5.

Five-eighth: Todd Carney - Took a while to get going but came into the game in the second half when he set up one of Brett Stewart's tries. 7.

Halfback: Mitchell Pearce - Tried his heart out, kicking game was solid and tackled everything that came his way. 7.

Prop: Tim Grant - Showed in his opening spell that he is built for Origin with some punishing hits and fearless charges. Made a massive charge from the kickoff that sent Petero Civoniceva flying. 7.5.

Hooker: Robbie Farah - Made his critics eat humble pie again with a heroic defensive effort that his coach Ricky Stuart would surely have been proud of. 8.5.

Prop: James Tamou - Held his own again, particularly in the opening exchanges. 7.

2nd row: Glenn Stewart - Gave the Blues a big lift off the bench, revelled in the tough stuff. 7.5.

2nd row: Greg Bird - Worked tirelessly for his team in attack and defence. 7.5.

Lock: Paul Gallen - Was hobbling early but kept fighting and plugging away, getting through a mountain of work as usual. 8.5.

Interchange:

Trent Merrin - Didn't see a lot of action but played his part. 6.

Luke Lewis - Produced some huge hits and made a massive impact off the bench. 7.5.

Ben Creagh - A top defensive effort from the St George Illawarra. 7.

Anthony Watmough - Revelled in the tough stuff and put in a spirited effort. 7.5.

Queensland

Fullback: Billy Slater - Wounded in the first half. Lacked his usual zip in the second half but was very brave. Rating 7.

Winger: Darius Boyd - Had limited opportunities before tapping the ball back for Greg Inglis's second half try. 6.5.

Centre: Greg Inglis - Well contained early but came up with a huge try to bring the game alive before producing an amazing grab of a dangerous bomb. 7.5.

Centre: Justin Hodges - Like Inglis wasn't able to spark Queensland's attack but worked hard out of dummy half. 6.5.

Winger: Brent Tate - Great under the high ball again and solid defensively without threatening too often. 6.

Five-eighth: Johnathan Thurston - Found the going tough as NSW big men kept pouring through the middle. 7.

Halfback: Cooper Cronk - Had a great first half but was binned for a professional foul on Todd Carney early in the second when NSW got two tries. 6.5.

Prop: Matt Scott - Made a few early errors including a clumsy play-the-ball but worked hard for his metres. 7.

Hooker: Cameron Smith - Not as dominant as he was in Melbourne but was super cool leading Queensland's second half fightback. 7.

Prop: Petero Civoniceva - Willing in the first half and his opening play collision with Tim Grant shook the stadium. 6.5.

2nd row: Nate Myles - Backed up his man-of-the-match in Melbourne with a strong defensive night. 7.5.

2nd row: Dave Taylor - Started the game but only made 27 metres in the first half. Needs more. 5.5.

Lock: Ashley Harrison - Stats down by his high standards but as usual worked hard in the middle. 6.5

Interchange:

Matt Gillett - Didn't see a lot of action but again was solid when called on. 6.

Corey Parker - Suffered a deep cut to his left leg in the first minute of the second half and did not come back into the action. 6.

Ben Hannant - Gave Queensland a 6-4 half time lead when he crashed over for his second Origin try. Strong in the middle in defence. 6.5.

Dave Shillington - Wonderful first half and finished with 133 tough metres to go with 20 tackles. Strong. 7.

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