Ti­tans coach ex­pects Hayne Plane to fly high

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GOLD Coast Ti­tans coach Neil Henry has is­sued a warn­ing to his team’s NRL ri­vals – be­ware of a scorned Jar­ryd Hayne.

Henry said Hayne was back to his best last week, scor­ing two tries and set­ting up an­other against last-placed Wests Tigers, af­ter a shock­ing per­for­mance in State of Ori­gin game two which saw calls for him to be dropped.

Hayne dropped a ball, throw­ing it into touch while New South Wales were at­tack­ing and fail­ing to pass to team­mate Brett Mor­ris bomb­ing an al­most cer­tain try.

How­ever, NSW coach Lau­rie Da­ley has guar­an­teed Hayne’s place in the Blues side for the July 12 de­cider and Henry ex­pects the Hayne Plane will have more to prove against St Ge­orge-Illawarra on Fri­day night.

“He’s very hon­est in ad­mit­ting his per­for­mance in Ori­gin II wasn’t up to scratch, he made a cou­ple of er­rors there,” Henry said.

“He’ll try to make amends and the best way he can do that is by hav­ing a solid prepa­ra­tion via club footy.

The Ti­tans will be at near full strength for their clash with the Dragons, with the re­turns of Ty­rone Roberts and Chris McQueen off-set­ting the loss of Kane El­gey (ster­num).

Dragons coach Paul McGre­gor said his side will be wary of the Ti­tans de­spite the fact the Gold Coast is 14th on the lad­der, high­light­ing Roberts’ com­bi­na­tion with young Ti­tans play­maker Ash Tay­lor ear­lier in the sea­son.

The Dragons head into the clash miss­ing in-form prop Paul Vaughan (calf ).

Bu they are strength­ened by the re­turn of Jack de Belin and Euan Aitken, while McGre­gor said Tyson Frizell would take the field de­spite an an­kle in­jury suf­fered against New­cas­tle.

Hav­ing fought back for a come from be­hind win against the Knights last week, McGre­gor said he be­lieved his side was fi­nally emerg­ing from a re­cent form slump.

“We play risk-re­ward footy,” McGre­gor said.

“If you look at our off­loads, our line­breaks and the way we play, there’s a bit of risk in it; but there’s a lot of re­ward,”

“At some point you’re go­ing to give er­rors away, you’re go­ing to get penal­ties against you.”

PHOTO: DANIEL MUNOZ/AAP

TRY TIME: Gold Coast Ti­tans star Jar­ryd Hayne crosses the line for a try.

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