Titans coach expects Hayne Plane to fly high
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.”
TRY TIME: Gold Coast Titans star Jarryd Hayne crosses the line for a try.