Valentine Holmes has scored the first try of the 2020 State of Origin decider, giving the Queensland Maroons a perfect start to the game and continuing his excellent representative tryscoring record.
Wearing the number one jersey but playing on the left wing, it took Holmes just four minutes to open the scoring in the decider. After a penalty had allowed the Maroons to piggyback their way up the field, they decided to run the ball on the fifth and went to the left.
The ball went through the hands, and debutant Corey Allan shuffled it out to Holmes, who was able to dive over out wide just inside the corner post.
Making things even better for Holmes was the conversion: the winger stepped up to take the kick and, even though it was right on the sideline, he was able to nail the shot and give Queensland a 6-0 lead early on.
Unfortunately for the home side and their raucous fans at Suncorp Stadium, the lead didn’t last long, with James Tedesco capitalising on an error from Allan to grab a six-pointer of his own and Nathan Cleary adding the extra two from the conversion.