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.
New Zealand-based referee Rochelle Tamarua will officiate the domestic rugby league premier final between defending champions Avatiu Nikao Eels and Titikaveka Bulldogs this weekend.
The last time Blues centre Jarryd Hayne featured in a State of Origin series, he produced an individual performance for the ages as his state won for the first time in nine years.