Valentine Holmes of the Queensland Maroons scored the first try of Game 3 of the 2018 State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night, July 11.
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The honour of first tryscorer on the night nearly belonged to the retiring stand-in skipper Billy Slater, who came close in the fourth minute but was denied by by the bunker.
Enter Valentine Holmes, who scored the first try of the night in the tenth minute with an electrifying run down nearly the full length of the field, unable to be caught by the pursuing NSW players.
Holmes then converted his own try to give Queensland a 6-0 advantage early in the piece.
It was a good night for Holmes. Although Queensland dominated the first half, NSW were able to score two tries in a row before halftime to lead at the break.
However Holmes did kick a penalty goal for the Maroons in this time period, meaning that NSW’s lead was only 12-8 at the break.
It was somewhat bewildering how Queensland had been so good in the first half yet still couldn’t get the lead – but they took a hold of the game in the second.
Holmes scored another, his eighth for the Maroons, but was unable to covert it, leaving the score dead even at 12-all.
Daly Cherry-Evans then went over for Queensland’s third try of the match, and Holmes converted this to put them Maroons up 18-12.
Although the Blues attacked frantically in the final minutes, the Maroons were able to hang on for the win.