Ta­gataese: Stage set for Holmes to shine

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

CRONULLA prop Sam Ta­gataese has tipped club team­mate Valen­tine Holmes to take his frus­tra­tions out on the Blues in his Ori­gin de­but for Queens­land on Wed­nes­day night.

Ta­gataese says it’s crazy Holmes has rep­re­sented his coun­try be­fore his state and pre­dicts the 22-year-old flyer would use his Ori­gin I snub­bing to prove the se­lec­tors wrong.

“I think he con­ducted him­self well and the per­for­mances he has put on for us at the Sharks in the last cou­ple of weeks have been out­stand­ing,” Ta­gataese said. “To me, I don’t un­der­stand how you get picked for your coun­try, but you get over­looked for your state.

“I think he de­serves to be there in Ori­gin, be­cause if you are good enough to play for your coun­try you are good enough to play for your state.

“I can see where Queens­land was go­ing and re­ward­ing and be­ing loyal, but in hind­sight as well you’ve got to pick on per­for­mance. I’m happy for Val that he is play­ing there now. It’s a big stage and I reckon he’ll live up to the mo­ment.”

Valen­tine Holmes.

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