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Was involved and had some good attacking moments but needs to be more self-assured under the high ball.
Outstanding at the back for the Maroons. Classy and a real threat with the footy and didn’t put a foot wrong all night.
Didn’t react quick enough for Gagai’s try but wasn’t over-awed and fine debut overall.
Didn’t have a heap to do and Maroons guilty of not going to him enough but a fine debut all the same.
Looked sharp at times but in a game dominated by defence, just never saw enough space to cut loose.
One or two glimpses of what he is capable of but rarely in the game for the Maroons.
Defence his highlight but a couple of schoolboy fumbles including one from a tap restart unforgivable of this level.
Took and early knock but recovered and was good defensively without getting any defensive chances.
Had plenty to do with several kick returns and was solid without coming up with anything special.
Scored the Maroons try and was always looking to put himself in the game at every opportunity.
Laid on Cordner’s try and looked the most likely of the Blues players to create something in attack.
Not the influence he has had in past games but still came up with some big plays that kept his side’s nose in front.
Should he hold his spot for game 2? Kicking was average at best and offered very little direction and creativity with the football.
Kicking game has been better but still played solidly for a player under an injury cloud for the week leading up.
Came up with a real strong first half shift but didn’t get back on until late in the game.
Some big surges when he came back on in the second half but was generally pretty well contained by the Blues.
Strong first half and made a heap of tackles but could not come up with the clutch play when it mattered in the second half.
Not a major influence in attack but big defensive workload and clever at slowing down the Blues ruck all night.
Did a reasonable job but couldn’t find an off-load and well contained after getting a surprise chance to start.
Was a controversial selection and was over-shadowed by teammates on the bench.
Was the Blues’ best. Ran great line for his try and rarely missed getting over the advantage line with his surges.
Carried his good club form into this game and ripped into the Blues with his defence all night.
Not a major contributor with the footy but his defence on the Blues’ right e…