Holmes intercept the difference: Slater

Laine Clark

It was the Valentine Holmes intercept that Billy Slater reckons proved the difference in Queensland's 18-12 State of Origin III win over NSW at Suncorp Stadium.

But the Maroons stand-in skipper wasn't talking about two-try hero Holmes' stunning 95m first half effort.

Queensland winger Holmes brought the near sell-out crowd to their feet when he swooped on a James Tedesco pass and ran almost the length of the field to give the hosts a 6-0 lead in the 11th minute on Wednesday night.

It provided the Maroons the early momentum they needed as they went on to deny the Blues their first series whitewash in 18 years.

It was a hard act to follow but Slater reckons Holmes pulled it off with another stunning catch.

With four minutes left, the Blues looked set to crack Queensland's line and send the game into extra-time - only for Holmes to snuff out the attack by diving full stretch to intercept the NSW ball.

"There were some big moments," said Slater after his 31st and final Origin.

"We were all out on our feet. I don't think I was even in position. For him to come up with that ball ... they are big plays.

"We had a lot of moments in our team and we won those moments - that's what Origin is all about."

Holmes took his Origin try scoring knack to record breaking levels on Wednesday night.

He has now scored seven tries in his first five Origin matches.

Holmes is only the second player in Origin history to score in five straight games behind Dale Shearer (1986-87).

He has the most Origin tries after five games, with the previous record standing at five tries held by Dane Gagai, Israel Folau and Greg Inglis.

Holmes also backed up with goal-kicking duties on Wednesday night, slotting home three from four.

"I felt for him after scoring the length of the field intercept when he had to kick that goal but gee, he can run can't he?" Queensland coach Kevin Walters said.

"He's another guy who has really stood up, another youngster coming along who does belong in this arena."