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Numbers: Saifiti stands out in losing side

These are the numbers that matter.

While stats can't tell you everything, they do paint a very telling picture.

Here's what they told us following the opening State of Origin clash between NSW and QLD.


Run metres for Daniel Saifiti.

Our boy in blue was the standout of the NSW pack, topping the run (157) and post-contact (88) metres amongst his forwards.

The man known as 'D-Saf' also finished with a tackle break, three offloads and 35 tackles with no misses.

In a beaten side, our boy in blue more than held is own.


Tackle breaks to Dane Gagai.

The ex-nib Newcastle Knight was arguably the best on ground, causing constant headaches for the Blues down the right edge.

He finished the game with a line break, try assist, line break assist, 138 run metres and 27 tackles.

An extraordinary effort from the South Sydney Rabbitoh.


Tackles made by Jake Friend.

The Sydney Roosters hooker finally got his Origin debut after over 250 games and three premierships, and didn't look out of place.

Friend made just one ineffective tackle despite topping the total tackle count, and also picked up a handy 64 run metres in a busy night at dummy half.


Completion rate for NSW.

At the highest level, not competing a quarter of your sets will never result in victory.


Run metres for James Tedesco.

The Blues No.1 re-affirmed his position as the best player in the game, cracking the 300m barrier despite being in severe doubt pre-game with a knee injury.

He also managed to break six tackles.