Kenty’s Origin Man of the Moment – Dane Gagai – Maroons
The difference is nothing. Even given the major difference in scorelines in Origin I, few would argue that Dane Gagai was the standout performer for the Maroons and in real terms a contender for man of the match. Even if, rightfully, Andrew Fifita took the honours.
Gagai was again in contention in Origin II and this time many wondered aloud how Gagai missed the chocolates when the man of the match was officially given to losing NSW backrower Josh Jackson.
Both players shaved Gagai for honours.
The slightly unfashionable Gagai again shapes as a major threat when the Maroons set out to defend their title tonight and many believe he is finally ready to get recognition for his achievements and cap it with a man of the match award.
He is everything you want in an Origin performer. Tough and busy and up for the battle. He has run for more metres and broken more tackles over the two games than any player on the paddock.
Throw in his usual try performance (he averages more than a try a game, with seven tries from six appearances) and the Blues have a significant headache to contend with. And Queensland a significant match-winner.
By Paul Kent
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