Holmes right at home as Cowboys edge Broncos

Valentine Holmes looked like he never left the NRL in his first appearance for North Queensland, as they won a tight trial game against Brisbane in torrential rain.

Holmes starred for Cronulla, Queensland and Australia before taking last season off for an ultimately unsuccessful crack at the NFL, but returned to rugby league with aplomb in Cairns on Saturday night.

Valentine Holmes returned for the Cowboys.

The 24-year-old played the first half and was rock solid at fullback against the Broncos in his first steps towards replicating his last NRL season, where he scores 22 tries in 26 games in 2018.

Cowboys reserve hooker Reuben Cotter scored a double, including the winner with five minutes remaining, as the hosts prevailed 18-16.


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