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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.

PlayerGameGame RankOverall RankTeamPositionPerformance Rating
DANE GAGAIGame 1, 2019118QLDWinger147
DAMIEN COOKGame 1, 2019245NSWHooker132
JAMES TEDESCOGame 1, 2019367NSWFullback124
KALYN PONGAGame 1, 20194262QLDFullback101
JOSH MORRISGame 1, 20195523NSWCentre88
DAVID KLEMMERGame 1, 20196554NSWProp87
BEN HUNTGame 1, 20197574QLDHooker85
JAKE TRBOJEVICGame 1, 20198628NSWLock83
CAMERON MURRAYGame 1, 20199651NSWSub83
CAMERON MUNSTERGame 1, 201910671QLDFive-Eigth82
FELISE KAUFUSIGame 1, 201911760QLDSecond Row79
JOSH MCGUIREGame 1, 2019121014QLDLock72
COREY OATESGame 1, 2019131208QLDWinger67
JOSH PAPALIIGame 1, 2019141272QLDProp66
BOYD CORDNERGame 1, 2019151273NSWSecond Row66
WILL CHAMBERSGame 1, 2019161283QLDCentre65
ANGUS CRICHTONGame 1, 2019171309NSWSub65
DALY CHERRY-EVANSGame 1, 2019181341QLDHalfback64
JAI ARROWGame 1, 2019191484QLDProp61
MATT GILLETTGame 1, 2019201605QLDSecond Row58
PAUL VAUGHANGame 1, 2019211802NSWProp55
NATHAN CLEARYGame 1, 2019221923NSWHalfback52
CODY WALKERGame 1, 2019232073NSWFive-Eigth50
PAYNE HAASGame 1, 2019242115NSWSub49
JOSH ADDO-CARRGame 1, 2019252176NSWWinger48
NICK COTRICGame 1, 2019262418NSWWinger43
TYSON FRIZELLGame 1, 2019272492NSWSecond Row42
DAVID FIFITAGame 1, 2019282651QLDSub39
LATRELL MITCHELLGame 1, 2019292658NSWCentre39
JOE OFAHENGAUEGame 1, 2019302926QLDSub33
MICHAEL MORGANGame 1, 2019313092QLDCentre27
DYLAN NAPAGame 1, 2019323240QLDSub23
JACK WIGHTONGame 1, 2019333493NSWSub14
MOSES MBYEGame 1, 2019343573QLDSub12

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