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What a game. What a decision maker. Queensland started hard, looked a little wobbly and then pulled away for a 22-12 win that bathed in that classic Queensland hometown atmosphere. Here’s how your State of Origin 2022 winners played.
1. Kalyn Ponga: Brilliant again on the back. Everything Queensland did well had something to do with it. A fitting end to his fantastic streak with 299 yards, a decisive try and 18 tackle jumps, if you can believe it. Rating: 9.5/10.
2. Selwyn Cobbo: Knocked down the next year by teammate Pat Carrigan’s hip and gone in the second minute. Let’s hope he makes a full recovery, because it looked wild. Rating: N/A.
3. Valentine Holmes: Made an incredible game to recover from a short retirement with 11 to go which may well have saved Queensland. He lifted a lot when the team needed him. Rating: 7/10.
4. Dan Gagai: Binned for battling Matt Burton but doing his job is all you could have asked for after the problems he had with the Blues in Perth. Rating: 5/10.
5. Corey Oates: Barely touched the ball in the first 40 but made critical difficult yards to get the Maroons out of their own half in the second. Rating: 7/10.
6. Tom Dearden: Magnificent in its Origin debut. Clever work to send Holmes out for the first try, and he gave it his all in attack and defense all night. Rating: 8/10.
7. Daly Cherry-Evans: His game silenced all skeptics. A massive second half, owning the pitch by pushing back New South Wales again and again, and taking the line to wreak havoc. Rating: 9/10.
8. Lindsay Collins: Another victim of a blow to the head, took a huge blow as he tried to tackle his teammate Daniel Tupou. Was gone in four minutes. Rating: N/A.
9. Ben Hunt: His uncontrollable attempt to seal the streak would be replayed over and over again for decades, capping another influential play as a starting hooker. Score: 8.5/10.
10. Josh Papali: With Collins down, he still only played 33 minutes but remained a constant attacking threat. Rating: 6/10.
11. Kurt Capewell: Good work down the right edge was rewarded with a try just half-time. Rating: 7/10.
12. Jeremy Nanai: Was targeted by the Blues but acquitted himself well after some defensive issues early on. Also caused problems for the Blues in attack. Rating: 7/10.
16.Patrick Carrigan: Received the Wally Lewis Medal as Queensland’s top player for the series and vindicated it with another barnstormer here. Ran 130 yards and had a game with 45 tackles. He will play Origin forever. Score: 8.5/10.
13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui: A post-contact beast and 33 clean tackles capped off a powerful streak. Placed on report for a high shot on Matt Burton. Score: 7.5/10.
14. Harry Grant: Again we brought some energy and some luck to Queensland’s attack, especially on the half-time play for Capewell’s try. New South Wales didn’t know how to handle it. Score: 8.5/10.
15. Jai Arrow: Came on 5 minutes into the second half to secure the Queensland advantage, his clean 26 tackles were just what they needed as the Maroons walked a tightrope of a score through the second half -time. Score: 7/10.
17.Tom Gilbert: Called into action early after Collins’ headbutt and showed he could be counted on on the big stage. A good exchange for Felise Kafusi’s workload with little ball, but excellent defense and 36 tackles. Rating: 7/10.