Queensland player ratings
Darius Boyd 9½
So safe and always well positioned at the back and a threat close to the Blues' line when he chimed in to his team's attack, as evident in Gagai's second try. Also returned the ball superbly, defused bombs and made try-saving tackles.
Corey Oates 7½
Belongs at this level. Nothing fazes him and helped out his forwards with some strong carries in the first half. Deserving match-winning try for all his efforts.
Greg Inglis 7
Good yards with with ball in hand and got the better of opposite Dylan Walker.
Justin O'Neill 5½
Quiet game - not too much ball.
Dane Gagai 8½
Freakish talent with five tries in three Origin games. Throwing the ball straight to James Maloney to streak away for the Blues' second try was his only blight.
Johnathan Thurston 9½
Absolutely dominated the second half with the game on the line. The guy is a magician and always stands up in the clutch moments, and kicked 5/6.
Cooper Cronk 5½
Not his best night but managed the game well.
Matt Scott 6½
Easy metres early in the first half with some strong carries. Even mopped up a Josh Reynolds grubber as good as any fullback would.
Cameron Smith (capt) 7½
Early break gave the Maroons early momentum. Brilliant long-range touch-finder five minutes into the second half, and another huge work-rate in defence.
Josh McGuire 8
Strong game with tough carries and good defence
Matt Gillett 8
Another sound all-round game, and dragged Blues defenders on many occasions.
Sam Thaiday 6
Ill-disciplined lifting tackle on Paul Gallen put him on report. His strong driving tackle with Michael Morgan to trap Matt Moylan in goal in the 54th minute was a massive play.
Corey Parker 8
Good yards and high work rate in defence again.
Deadly offload in a memorable night for his last Origin at Suncorp Stadium.
Michael Morgan 6
Carrying the ball in two hands off the bench kept the NSW defence guessing. Great energy around the park - helped force Matt Moylan back in goal for a crucial drop-out in the 53rd minute.
Jacob Lillyman 6½
A handful to tackle.
Aidan Guerra 5
Not a huge contribution off the bench.
Josh Papalii 7½
Attracted multiple defenders often with his powerful runs.