Hayne in run­ning for Blues at cen­tre

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - PETER BADEL

JARRYD Hayne yes­ter­day sub­mit­ted a com­pelling case for a NSW Ori­gin re­call af­ter post­ing his first two-try haul in three years to spear­head the Ti­tans’ 38-8 rout of New­cas­tle.

Ti­tans coach Neil Henry may have found the for­mula to get the Hayne Plane soar­ing af­ter an eleventh-hour switch to cen­tre ig­nited Gold Coast’s enig­matic $1 mil­lion man.

Hayne was named at full­back but ended up shift­ing to left cen­tre where he out­pointed New­cas­tle and Ma­roons ace Dane Ga­gai be­fore 10,511 fans at Cbus Su­per Sta­dium.

The prospect of a Hayne Ori­gin re­call has been fu­ri­ously de­bated. He may still be an out­side hope but if noth­ing else yes­ter­day, Hayne showed NSW coach Lau­rie Da­ley he pos­sesses the util­ity value to be a match­win­ner for the Blues.

For 40 min­utes at Robina, the Ti­tans looked rud­der­less and in dan­ger of de­feat af­ter an in­sipid first half helped the lowly Knights claim a sur­prise 8-6 half-time lead.

But Hayne trig­gered the fight­back. Af­ter scor­ing his side’s only try of the first half, Hayne charged on to an Ash­ley Tay­lor pass in the 49th minute to give the Ti­tans a cru­cial 16-8 ad­van­tage.

Ul­ti­mately, the Knights fell apart, the Gold Coast post­ing six sec­ond half-tries – and four in the fi­nal 20 min­utes – to help sta­bilise their sea­son.

Henry’s troops have now won two con­sec­u­tive games af­ter up­set­ting pre­miers Cronulla and are build­ing mo­men­tum to stay in touch with the top eight.

The only down­side for the Ti­tans was the loss of in-form prop Jar­rod Wallace, who failed to re­turn af­ter suf­fer­ing a head­knock in the 37th minute.

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