SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: Valentine Holmes of the Maroons celebrates scoring a try with teammates during game one of the 2022 State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at Accor Stadium on June 08, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
A chaotic start to the State of Origin decider in Brisbane on Wednesday evening eventually saw
Valentine Holmes score the first try of the contest for the Queensland Maroons in the 13th minute.
A high-intensity, high-paced and high-impact start saw three players taken off with head injury assessment and concussion protocols in the opening four minutes of the contest.
Cameron Murray was the first, and was ruled out of the game shortly afterwards, before Selwyn Cobbo and Lindsay Collins were both taken from the ground before being ruled out as well.
Queensland had both of the first two attacking opportunities in the contest, however, a cut out ball from Kalyn Ponga ended over the sideline on the first, before Jeremiah Nanai dropped a ball in an aerial battle leading up to a Josh Papalii seeming try.
New South Wales raid didn't bring anything, before the Maroons went back onto the attack.
Forcing a drop out, they used their time on the attack for
Tom Dearden to take on the line, where he hit Valentine Holmes with a short ball. The North Queensland Cowboys' centre ran straight through a gap between Stephen Crichton and Daniel Tupou before straightening up to score just to the left-hand side of the uprights.