2019 State of Origin Game 3 review: Player performance ratings

Posted: 11 July 2019 10:37 am

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NSW won the 2019 State of Origin series with a last-minute try, but who were the best performers on the park? Here's your State of Origin Game 3 review.

What a game! It swung one way, then it swung the other. The scores were level at the start, even at half-time and even deep into the 79th minute. Then with one final throw of the dice, State of Origin redemption came to Mitchell Pearce.

Pearce threw a risky long ball, ripe for interception, over the head of a Queensland defender to Tom "Turbo" Trbojevic, who shot it out to another player seeking State of Origin redemption in Blake Fergusson. Fergo danced down the touchline, millimetres away from going out, before finding man-of-the-series James Tedesco on the inside for the game-sealing, series-sealing (dynasty-sealing?) try. Wow!

For the home crowd of screaming NSW Blues fans, it was an explosive moment in time that will never be forgotten. For the Queensland Maroons players and the dedicated outcrop of fans who made the trip south to ANZ Stadium, it was heartbreak.

But who were the best players on the park? As sponsors of the NRL (and rugby league tragics), the team at Finder created the ultimate player performance rating algorithm. It converts all aspects of a player's game, including possessions, average run metres, missed tackles and line-break assists, then applies a score to them. Some positive, some negative. Each have been accentuated for the Origin arena, where certain stats are a lot harder to earn than they are in club land and certain mistakes far costlier.

You can find more information, and this algorithm applied, in our 50 best rookie performances in Origin history article. We also have a list of every NSW State of Origin performance in history and every Queensland State of Origin performance in history, for you to browse through.

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State of Origin Game 3 review: Player ratings

Below you will find all the player performances from State of Origin Game 3 as ranked per the algorithm we mentioned above. Note that we have supplied a game rank and an overall rank. The latter refers to how that performance compares with every other performance in State of Origin history, of which there have been 3,852!

For reference, the average score by a State of Origin player across all those performances is 55, so anything over 100 is huge. The best score ever is 222 – you'll never guess who it was.

Player Game Game rank Overall rank Team Position Performance rating
JAMES TEDESCO Game 3, 2019 1 5 NSW Fullback 171
DAMIEN COOK Game 3, 2019 2 19 NSW Hooker 147
JOSH MCGUIRE Game 3, 2019 3 156 QLD Lock 112
BEN HUNT Game 3, 2019 4 428 QLD Hooker 92
ETHAN LOWE Game 3, 2019 5 453 QLD Second row 91
CAMERON MUNSTER Game 3, 2019 6 576 QLD Fullback 86
JOSH PAPALII Game 3, 2019 7 652 QLD Prop 83
PAUL VAUGHAN Game 3, 2019 8 653 NSW Sub 83
JAKE TRBOJEVIC Game 3, 2019 9 684 NSW Lock 82
BLAKE FERGUSON Game 3, 2019 10 710 NSW Winger 81
WILL CHAMBERS Game 3, 2019 11 745 QLD Centre 80
COREY OATES Game 3, 2019 12 770 QLD Winger 79
MITCHELL PEARCE Game 3, 2019 13 984 NSW Halfback 73
BOYD CORDNER Game 3, 2019 14 1,062 NSW Second row 71
DALY CHERRY-EVANS Game 3, 2019 15 1,284 QLD Halfback 66
TYSON FRIZELL Game 3, 2019 16 1,464 NSW Second row 62
FELISE KAUFUSI Game 3, 2019 17 1,767 QLD Second row 56
DAVID KLEMMER Game 3, 2019 18 1,768 NSW Prop 56
CAMERON MURRAY Game 3, 2019 19 1,829 NSW Sub 55
CHRISTIAN WELCH Game 3, 2019 20 2,034 QLD Sub 51
JOE OFAHENGAUE Game 3, 2019 21 2,093 QLD Prop 50
DALE FINUCANE Game 3, 2019 22 2,094 NSW Sub 50
COREY NORMAN Game 3, 2019 23 2,931 QLD Five-eighth 34
JOSH ADDO-CARR Game 3, 2019 24 2,932 NSW Winger 34
MOSES MBYE Game 3, 2019 25 2,966 QLD Centre 33
DANE GAGAI Game 3, 2019 26 2,967 QLD Winger 33
JAMES MALONEY Game 3, 2019 27 2,968 NSW Five-eighth 33
JACK WIGHTON Game 3, 2019 28 3,032 NSW Centre 31
TOM TRBOJEVIC Game 3, 2019 29 3,394 NSW Centre 20
TIM GLASBY Game 3, 2019 30 3,426 QLD Sub 19
DANIEL SAIFITI Game 3, 2019 31 3,427 NSW Prop 19
DAVID FIFITA Game 3, 2019 32 3,511 QLD Sub 16
MICHAEL MORGAN Game 3, 2019 33 3,679 QLD Sub 10
WADE GRAHAM Game 3, 2019 34 3,729 NSW Sub 7

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