Cronulla Shark Valentine Holmes has revealed he did not think Corey Oates would be dropped from the Queensland Maroons after a strong showing from the winger in Game One of the 2017 State of Origin series.
Out of the 52 players who were registered from the five teams that took part in the opening round of the Steinlager Sevens last weekend, 31 were foreigners residing in Rarotonga.
Valentine Holmes has emerged as Queensland’s new X-factor, with the Australian winger set to bring some much-needed strike power to the Maroons line-up.
Wests Tigers rookie Esan Marsters says he wasn’t sure whether to smile or cry when told last week he’d be making his NRL debut, but now with a solid game under his belt he is keen to build his performances and minutes.
Australian winger Valentine Holmes admits he was not surprised to be overlooked by Queensland for Game One despite representing the Kangaroos just three weeks prior and felt Storm fullback Billy Slater had more reason to feel hard done by.
New South Wales have stunned a limp Queensland team to record their greatest ever Origin win at Suncorp Stadium and take a hold on the 2017 Holden State of Origin Series, scoring five tries to one in a 28-4 romp in front of 50,390 fans yesterday.
The sea of blue went crazy at the BCI Stadium on Saturday afternoon when Titikaveka Bulldogs put on a smashing performance to claim the domestic rugby league title.
More than anything, today’s premier league showdown between Avatiu Nikao Eels and Titikaveka Bulldogs in some way, may well be a battle between the brains behind these teams.