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Queensland State of Origin selectors were relieved after Cowboys centre Valentine Holmes avoided a ban for a hip drop tackle against the Wests Tigers on Friday.

On Saturday, the NRL Match Judiciary charge sheet saw Holmes issued with a Grade 1 dangerous contact offence - but he won't miss the Origin opener for the Maroons on June 5 if he pleads guilty.

Holmes will also cop a fine of $1800 after his tackle on Isaiah Papali'i went wrong, ruling the Tigers star out of the rest of the match.

North Queensland coach Todd Payten is proudly from NSW but insists the decision to sin-bin Holmes and put him on report for a hip-drop tackle in the 42-28 win over Benji Marshall's side was uncalled for.

He said a worse tackle by Tigers' prop David Klemmer on Cowboys forward Kulikefu Finefuiaki, for which he was put on report, was a 'textbook' hip-drop despite him not being binned.

Valentine Holmes attempted this tackle on Wests forward Isaiah Papali'i late in the first half

Valentine Holmes attempted this tackle on Wests forward Isaiah Papali'i late in the first half 

Holmes then collided with teammate Tom Dearden and fell onto Papali'i's legs

Holmes then collided with teammate Tom Dearden and fell onto Papali'i's legs

Referee Belinda Sharpe deemed the incident to be a hip drop and sent Holmes to the sin bin

Referee Belinda Sharpe deemed the incident to be a hip drop and sent Holmes to the sin bin

Klemmer will miss three matches as it is his third offence. 

Holmes was binned in the 37th minute on Friday for a tackle on Tigers forward Isaiah Papali'i who left the field, not to return, with an ankle injury. 

He was later spotted in a moon boot.

Holmes is almost certain to be named on Monday in the Queensland team for the State of Origin series opener in Sydney

The 28-year-old has scored 13 tries in 16 appearances for the Maroons and is one of the first players picked.

'We lose (a player) for 10 minutes and that inconsistency annoys the crap out of me and the players, members and fans,' Payten said.

'Every time it goes into a bunker situation, I get really nervous. I am sure the players feel the same. The sin-binning changes the complex of the game and it becomes so hard to wrestle back momentum.

'With all the camera angles

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