Valentine Holmes’ State of Origin hopes could hinge on the NRL judiciary after he was put on a report for a shoulder charge in North Queensland’s loss to Manly.
Holmes was put on report for leading with his shoulder as he tried to stop a Haumole Olakau’atu try on halftime.
Even the lowest-grading from the match review committee would result in Holmes needing to beat the charge at the NRL judiciary due to a similar incident last year.
While an early guilty plea would normally only result in a one-game ban for a grade-one charge, Holmes was suspended for a needless shoulder charge in 2020.
On that occasion, the shot on Brisbane’s Jesse Arthurs in the last minute of the Cowboys’ final game of the year meant he missed the opening Origin clash at the end of the season.
The weighting from that offence remains on his record and would take a ban from one to two games for a grade-one charge.
Holmes was shifted to fullback for Queensland’s series opening loss to NSW on Wednesday night, after Kalyn Ponga withdrew through injury.
Ponga is no certainty to recover from a groin injury in time to play in Origin II on June 27.