Jar­ryd Hayne knocked out by Safiti in Ti­tan’s win

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Syd­ney: Gold Coast have taken an­other step to­wards se­cur­ing their first NRL fi­nals berth in six years with a com­fort­able 26-6 vic­tory over last­placed New­cas­tle at Hunter Sta­dium.

The Ti­tans (27 points) yesterday con­sol­i­dated eighth spot on the lad­der with two games re­main­ing against Pen­rith (home) and North Queens­land (away), and ex­tended the Knights’ club-record los­ing streak to 16. The only con­cern for the Ti­tans was when code-hop­ping re­cruit Jar­ryd Hayne was helped off in the 65th minute af­ter tak­ing a head knock in a tackle in­volv­ing fel­low Fi­jian in­ter­na­tional Ja­cob Saifiti. Hayne, who took no fur­ther part in the match, had played a mostly sup­port­ing role in his third game back in the NRL, tak­ing a back seat to his for­wards who scored all four tries for the Ti­tans. Co-cap­tain Ryan James, a con­tro­ver­sial in­clu­sion, crashed over twice in the first 20 min­utes as the Ti­tans raced to an 18-0 lead. James was con­sid­ered for­tu­nate to have been on the field, hav­ing been found guilty of a grade-two care­less high tackle that broke Wests Tigers full­back James Tedesco’s jaw. The fiery front-rower was cleared to play af­ter the ju­di­ciary panel down­graded his charge to grade one. Former Queens­land util­ity for­ward Chris McQueen scored in the 16th minute as the Ti­tans threat­ened to hand the Knights an­other thrash­ing on home turf, but winger Nathan Ross re­sponded with a 90-me­tre in­ter­cept try in the 28th minute, cut­ting the deficit to 18-6 at half­time.-

Jar­ryd Hayne on the at­tack against New­cas­tle Knights yesterday.

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