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Origin III: NSW Player Ratings

Words: Martin Gabor, National Correspondent‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com

NSW Team 1771201RC

NRL.com rates the performances of all 17 NSW Blues players from Holden State of Origin Game Three.

1. James Tedesco

Put down an early kick but was safe as houses after that. Ran for a team-high 180 metres and threatened to poke his nose through the line a number of times only to be reeled in by Queensland's swarming defence. 6/10

2. Brett Morris

Came up with a magical try-saving tackle on Cooper Cronk when Queensland had all the momentum in the first half but was given no opportunities to showcase his wares in attack. 6.5/10

3. Josh Dugan

Came up with two first-half errors when the Blues were in rare attacking position but redeemed himself with the Blues' only try with a flying effort to give them a sniff. Was their most threatening player with ball in hand but didn't receive enough support from those around him. 6.5/10

4. Jarryd Hayne

He was touted as the man who could break the game open for the Blues but he never left first gear. The hero of the 2014 series was given no room to work with and simply could not find a way to get into the contest. 5.5/10

5. Blake Ferguson

Has now gone seven matches without an Origin try. It's a worrying stat when you consider Queensland duo Dane Gagai and Valentine Holmes scored for fun this series. There's no doubting his willingness to produce the tough carries but was found out several times by Holmes in defence. 4.5/10

6. James Maloney

Came up with some huge plays including a terrific chase to bring down Tim Glasby when he looked certain to score. Put in the kick for his side's sole try but also came up with nine missed tackles. 7/10

7. Mitchell Pearce

Rushed out of the line and forced Cameron Munster to run the ball; not a good tactic given the rookie's blinding speed and it led to Holmes's match-winning try. Game Three was seen as a make-or-break match for the highly-scrutinised halfback and unfortunately he didn't produce the sort of footy that he has at club level. Too many kicks were reeled in on the full and he didn't run it as much as he should have. 5/10

8. Aaron Woods

Delivered the sort of game we've come to expect from him on this stage with 80 metres and 23 tackles. Queensland did well to limit his offloads. 6/10

9. Nathan Peats

Led the team with 40 tackles but ran for just three meters, including none in the first half. It's difficult for a hooker when his side is on the back foot but Peats needed to ask more questions of the opposition's ruck defence. 5.5/10

10. Andrew Fifita

Produced one of the greatest Origin performances in the series opener but hasn't looked the same since. His trademark footwork, offloads and tackle busts went missing in Game Three with the Maroons blunting his impact from start to finish. 4.5/10

11. Boyd Cordner

Raced the clock to prove his fitness for the decider and produced a typically brave captain's knock with 149 metres and 22 tackles. Played the full 80 minutes but missed the tackle on Cameron Munster that led to Queensland's match-sealing try. 6.5/10

12. Josh Jackson

His poor play the ball in good field position paved the way for Queensland to march down field and open the scoring through Valentine Holmes. Got through plenty of work in the first half but didn't get back on until the game was well and truly over. 6/10

13. Tyson Frizell

You wouldn't have known he was playing busted given the way he put his body on the line. The lock forward came up with 31 bruising tackles and it was his tough carries to start the second half that got the Blues on the front foot. 7/10

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14. David Klemmer

Averaged 173 metres in the first two games so it was fitting he would rack up that figure on Wednesday with another powerhouse performance off the bench. His battering ram approach had the Maroons reeling at times and he was clearly NSW's best forward. 8/10

15. Wade Graham

Troubled the Maroons with his changes of angles and powerful carries but conceded a stripping penalty when the Maroons were on the ropes to let them off the hook. 6/10

16. Jake Trbojevic

He looks destined to be an Origin star for the next decade and is the glue the Blues can rely upon when the going gets tough. It won't be long until his brother joins him in the team. 7/10

17. Jack Bird 

Was desperate for more minutes and had his prayers answered when he was thrust on early in the second half. Went looking for the ball and threatened to wreak havoc around the ruck but the opportunities did not present themselves. 5.5/10

This article first appeared on NRL.com