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HAYNE LOOKS TO GO ON THE CHARGE San Diego trial game last chance to im­press

- NICK WALSHAW

JAR­RYD Hayne will re­ceive the most min­utes of his NFL ca­reer next week, with a match against the San Diego Charg­ers his last chance to prove he be­longs.

While San Fran­cisco must cut its squad to 75 by to­mor­row, Hayne is al­most cer­tain to sur­vive and play against the Charg­ers in the fourth, and fi­nal, trial match at Levi’s Sta­dium two days later.

With start­ing play­ers tra­di­tion­ally rested on the last week­end of pre-sea­son, Hayne is set to be given big min­utes by head coach Jim Tom­sula.

“Next game is go­ing to be a game that we’ll get a lot of time, ob­vi­ously if I’m still here,’’ Hayne said.

“The starters don’t play, so it’s pretty much the twos and threes the whole game.

“This is where we’ll get a ton of time so it’s go­ing to be good.”

Any nerves at this stage about the cuts? “No not re­ally,’’ he said. “I don’t con­trol the fu­ture so I’m not wor­ry­ing about some­thing I don’t con­trol.

“There are ar­eas I wish I’d done bet­ter (against Den­ver).

‘‘Cer­tain runs I wish I’d stayed in one of the gaps or pushed out.

“When you get your op­por­tu­nity with routes and runs, you have to be on your Agame.

“I prob­a­bly missed one route and one run that I was a dis­ap­pointed with.

“But for me it’s all about the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘Tak­ing it day by day.”

Speak­ing af­ter the match at Mile High Sta­dium, hav­ing lost 19-12, Tom­sula said his rookie punt re­turner “has him­self in the con­ver­sa­tion” re­gard­ing se­lec­tion.

“I don’t want to sit here and make state­ments,’’ he said.

“But Jar­ryd has him­self in the con­ver­sa­tion.”

The for­mer NSW and Kan­ga­roos rugby league star did his hopes no harm in a solid per­for­mance against the Bron­cos which, apart from twice be­ing crunched rush­ing asked two weeks ago whether Oates (pic­tured) was ready to face the Roost­ers, the coach did not miss with his re­ply: “If he brings his brain, he will be”.

Fast for­ward to last Fri­day night where Ben­nett and skip­per Justin Hodges were fac­ing the post-game press con­fer­ence, and the mas­ter­coach pleaded with journos not to write about Oates’ try to keep the string­bean’s head out of the clouds. “It’s OK,” Hodges as­sured his coach. “He can’t read any­way. ‘‘He only looks at the pic­tures!” for no gains, also saw him make his first NFL catch.

“I had a lit­tle gap there,’’ the for­mer Par­ra­matta Eel said.

“I thought I might have ran a lit­tle bit fur­ther.

“I had Isaac (Blak­eney) in front of me who did a good block, but I think the line­backer caught up.

“That was my first catch in open field play ... that was good.”

Else­where, Hayne was also asked if he was “flat­tered” that the Bron­cos had kicked the ball over his head, and dead, twice rather than have him re­turn and re­peat his ef­forts of re­cent weeks.

How­ever, another school of thought says that in ar­eas of high al­ti­tude, like Mile High Sta­dium, the ball tends to float higher and longer through the air. out a wrap to the Queens­land NRL clubs.

We’ve all seen how Johnathan Thurston makes some kid’s year ev­ery week­end by hand­ing over his head­gear, and dozens of fans are al­lowed to min­gle with Bris­bane play­ers just out­side their sheds af­ter ev­ery game. The play­ers al­ways take time to sign as many au­to­graphs as re­quired.

Gallen has de­nied abus­ing the kid of course, while his club un­der­takes an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Maybe he meant to tweet it. be­cause of the in­ter­change re­duc­tion.

Capewell is the per­fect bench util­ity who can cover the back­row and out­side backs. Jets five-eighth Josh Clee­land is also in de­mand with Pen­rith and Gold Coast chas­ing him hard.

 ??  ?? CUT­TING RUNS: San Fran­cisco re­turner Jar­ryd Hayne runs with the ball yesterday against Den­ver and (inset) be­low 49ers coach Jim Tom­sula. Pic­ture: AP Photo
CUT­TING RUNS: San Fran­cisco re­turner Jar­ryd Hayne runs with the ball yesterday against Den­ver and (inset) be­low 49ers coach Jim Tom­sula. Pic­ture: AP Photo
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