Valentine Holmes not ruled out, Maroons, State of Origin, to be charged, hip drop, who could replace him, rugby league news

Current Maroons center Valentine Holmes is in serious doubt for State of Origin Game I after he was sin-binned and reported for a hip-drop tackle on Tigers rower Isaiah Papali’i.

Holmes was attempting a tackle to save Papali’i’s attempt, but in the process, he lost his body weight on the back of the Tigers forward’s legs.

Papali’i injured his leg during the inning and Tigers coaches had to help him off the ground.

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What didn’t help Holmes was that teammate Tom Dearden contacted him while he was making the tackle, which contributed to Papali’i ending up in such an awkward position.

Holmes was expected to be named in the Maroons’ centers for Game I, but is expected to face scrutiny from the game review committee.

“Valentine Holmes is doing everything he can to stop an attempt, but you can’t fall on your back,” Cooper Cronk said in a comment.

“It’s been a lottery, but it was the right decision in terms of a sin container.”

Fox League’s Corey Parker believed Holmes couldn’t have done much in that situation.

“Val made a desperate tackle when Papali’i was going to try,” Parker said.

“If Val isn’t controlled or hit by Tommy Dearden then he won’t end up in that position. The unfortunate thing was that he did it and Papali’i left the field injured.

“If Dearden didn’t make contact with Val, I think it’s just a desperate tackle. The fact that Dearden ended up in that circumstance means that Holmes spends ten in the bin.

“The frustrating thing for fans is that we have seen cases where other players are put in that position but there is no sin. “A really unfortunate circumstance.”

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Michael Ennis agreed with Parker, but said it appeared to be a hip drop tackle.

“Really unfortunate for Holmes at Origin time,” Ennis said.

“There is no doubt that Papali’i was in an awkward position and it is really unfortunate to see him leave the field.

“Holmes just turned and it was Tom Dearden whose body landed on Val and forced him on top of Papali’i, which was considered a hip tackle and it certainly looked that way.

What will work against Holmes is his recent history, as the Cowboys star missed four games at the end of last season with a shoulder injury.

If Holmes is ruled out of Game I, Broncos star Selwyn Cobbo will secure a center spot alongside Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, with Xavier Coates and Murray Taulagi the favorites to be named as the Maroons’ wingers.