Although State of Origin games are remembered for headlines, Billy Slater said that’s not always where the end result is determined.
“I think it’s earned through the little moments,” Slater said. Today ahead of his Queensland coaching debut.
“We all see the big State of Origin moment, the Darren Lockyer tryout (in 2006), the Mark Coyne tryout in 1994, and those are big highlights. But it’s the little moments that matter in State of Origin.
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On Wednesday night, there were three moments in particular that made the difference.
“It (the band from Munster) was a great moment. This guy (Cherry-Evans) pounced on a ball late in the game when there was half a chance they were going to score a try. Val Holmes, we all saw him coming from the right side of the field and he was just accelerating and diving on that loose ball,” Slater said after the game.
“These are small moments, but they are great moments. And there are a lot of them in the game, there may be 100, 200 in the game but they are all important. You don’t make one and the game slips away from you.
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HOLMES’ ‘HUGE’ BACKUP ‘EXPITOME’ THE SPIRIT OF QLD
Valentine Holmes was one of Queensland’s best on Wednesday night, with a defensive effort that earned her high praise in particular late in the second half.
It came after Damien Cook burst from the dummy half, drawing in Jeremiah Nanai before putting full-back James Tedesco through a hole.
Looking for support on the inside, Tedesco spotted halfback Nathan Cleary stepping back and kicked forward.
He beat Queensland full-back Kalyn Ponga, but center Valentine Holmes arrived from the left side of the field, diving for the ball.
“Which game” Fox League Braith Anasta said in a comment.
“On the other side of the pitch, it could be the game of the match. It was huge. This epitomizes Queensland tonight, who are playing right there.
Former Queensland skipper Cameron Smith called it a ‘huge effort’ by Holmes, saying it was a ‘try every day of the week’ if the Cowboys speedster hadn’t been there. shelter.
“I’m sure there were three [Blues] hunters,” Smith said on SEN Radio.
“If Val doesn’t make the decision to come back from the wing, it’s a trial every week. All he had to do was bobble and fumble and they score.
“Games like that were huge. That’s what makes Origin so great. These players will do whatever they can to help their team to victory.
‘THIEF IN THE NIGHT’: MUNSTER MAGIC FOOLS BLUES
Those moments only became more important after Cameron Murray scored to cut the deficit to just six points before the final eight minutes of the game.
When Jack Wighton paused on the left touchline, Queensland found themselves taking cover.
He first beat Dane Gagai, then fended off Selwyn Cobbo before finally being found by the Rabbitohs center.
Still, New South Wales had all the momentum and sent it through midfield before returning it inside for Stephen Crichton.
As the Maroons scramble to reset their defensive line, few would have even thought of the threat of a robbery – but Cameron Munster is one of a kind.
“You talk about moments in Origin and this is another one,” Anasta said.
“He’s been a thief in the night so many times throughout the season and he’s done it again.”
“There are 90,000 people in the stadium, only one person would think that,” added Blues great Andrew Johns. Channel Nine cover.
“When you’re 10 yards from your line under pressure, who would even think of doing that? He’s a superstar. What a player.
Even Cameron Smith, who would know Munster’s game better than anyone, was surprised.
“These big plays here, he’s 12 yards from the Queensland try line, who thinks he’s doing that?” he said.
“I know Stephen Crichton wasn’t, he didn’t expect Cameron Munster to take the ball away from him. When he has the ball in his hand, he hypnotizes defenders.
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THE SKIPPER MOUNTS THE CLUTCH
Heading into the final five minutes, the Blues were still desperately looking for a way through and nearly found it when Damien Cook threw the structure out the window.
Nathan Cleary put the ball in the air for Crichton, who returned the ball for Liam Martin.
His Panthers teammate then threw the ball to Isaah Yeo, which was then thrown to Damien Cook. Turning around, Cook then created “something out of nothing”, according to Fox League Warren Smith.
He first beat Cherry-Evans and then Reuben Cotter before giving a little kick. But the Queensland half-back had raced down the line and redeemed himself by diving for the ball.