2019 State of Origin Game 1 review: Player performance ratings

Posted: 6 June 2019 2:02 pm
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State of Origin Review 1

The wash-up for Game 1 of the 2019 State of Origin series shows Dane Gagai breaking into the Top 20 performances of all time. Cook, Tedesco and Ponga also score well.

At Finder, we compare everything. For example, we compared the five best NRL live streams. And the 50 Best State of Origin rookie performances in history. As part of our analysis into the latter, we built out a detailed algorithm that turned every State of Origin player performance in history into a score.

The algorithm is derived from Supercoach and Fantasy Sport science, as well as factoring in the unique nature of the State of Origin experience, where efforts that can feel run-of-the-mill in a club game – like running 150 metres – gain extra importance when the field is filled with the best talent in the world.

We've previously run this algorithm against every performance by every player in State of Origin history for both Queensland and New South Wales. So, naturally, we've just run that algorithm past the player statistics from Game 1 of the 2019 State of Origin series. Let's take a look at how each player performed.

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State of Origin Game 1 Review: Player Ratings

The Overall Rank refers to the position this individual's performance in Game 1 of the 2019 State of Origin series against all previous State of Origin performances since 1980. The average State of Origin performance since 1980 scores 55, so that gives you a marker on what is considered good. The best ever is 222. For more information on the algorithm, see our Top 50 rookie performances page.

Player Game Game Rank Overall Rank Team Position Performance Rating
DANE GAGAI Game 1, 2019 1 18 QLD Winger 147
DAMIEN COOK Game 1, 2019 2 45 NSW Hooker 132
JAMES TEDESCO Game 1, 2019 3 67 NSW Fullback 124
KALYN PONGA Game 1, 2019 4 262 QLD Fullback 101
JOSH MORRIS Game 1, 2019 5 523 NSW Centre 88
DAVID KLEMMER Game 1, 2019 6 554 NSW Prop 87
BEN HUNT Game 1, 2019 7 574 QLD Hooker 85
JAKE TRBOJEVIC Game 1, 2019 8 628 NSW Lock 83
CAMERON MURRAY Game 1, 2019 9 651 NSW Sub 83
CAMERON MUNSTER Game 1, 2019 10 671 QLD Five-Eigth 82
FELISE KAUFUSI Game 1, 2019 11 760 QLD Second Row 79
JOSH MCGUIRE Game 1, 2019 12 1014 QLD Lock 72
COREY OATES Game 1, 2019 13 1208 QLD Winger 67
JOSH PAPALII Game 1, 2019 14 1272 QLD Prop 66
BOYD CORDNER Game 1, 2019 15 1273 NSW Second Row 66
WILL CHAMBERS Game 1, 2019 16 1283 QLD Centre 65
ANGUS CRICHTON Game 1, 2019 17 1309 NSW Sub 65
DALY CHERRY-EVANS Game 1, 2019 18 1341 QLD Halfback 64
JAI ARROW Game 1, 2019 19 1484 QLD Prop 61
MATT GILLETT Game 1, 2019 20 1605 QLD Second Row 58
PAUL VAUGHAN Game 1, 2019 21 1802 NSW Prop 55
NATHAN CLEARY Game 1, 2019 22 1923 NSW Halfback 52
CODY WALKER Game 1, 2019 23 2073 NSW Five-Eigth 50
PAYNE HAAS Game 1, 2019 24 2115 NSW Sub 49
JOSH ADDO-CARR Game 1, 2019 25 2176 NSW Winger 48
NICK COTRIC Game 1, 2019 26 2418 NSW Winger 43
TYSON FRIZELL Game 1, 2019 27 2492 NSW Second Row 42
DAVID FIFITA Game 1, 2019 28 2651 QLD Sub 39
LATRELL MITCHELL Game 1, 2019 29 2658 NSW Centre 39
JOE OFAHENGAUE Game 1, 2019 30 2926 QLD Sub 33
MICHAEL MORGAN Game 1, 2019 31 3092 QLD Centre 27
DYLAN NAPA Game 1, 2019 32 3240 QLD Sub 23
JACK WIGHTON Game 1, 2019 33 3493 NSW Sub 14
MOSES MBYE Game 1, 2019 34 3573 QLD Sub 12

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