Hayne hurt but Ti­tans still sur­prise Storm

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL - SUN­CORP STA­DIUM

QUEENSLAND’S big three fired and Jar­ryd Hayne limped off the field as Gold Coast pro­duced a thrilling up­set to shock Mel­bourne in an epic last night.

Kon­rad Hur­rell be­came a Gold Coast hero in a night of drama which had ma­jor ram­i­fi­ca­tions for the State of Ori­gin se­ries.

Blues coach Lau­rie Da­ley will be sweating on the avail­abil­ity of Hayne with game one of the se­ries loom­ing on May 31.

Hayne limped from the field with 13 min­utes to go af­ter suf­fer­ing a nerve prob­lem in his left knee which coach Neil Henry said was un­likely to be se­ri­ous.

But the night be­longed to the Ti­tans, who notched their first win at Sun­corp Sta­dium since 2012 against the com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers to keep their sea­son alive.

With just one fit player left on the bench, the Ti­tans looked gone when trail­ing 36-28 with six min­utes to go af­ter Mel­bourne posted three quick tries.

But winger Anthony Don pro­duced a mir­a­cle play for Hur­rell to score, giv­ing the Gold Coast their third straight win and one of the best in the club’s 11 NRL sea­sons.

“It was a real roller­coaster for both teams,” Henry said. “The boys just hung in and found a way to get that re­sult in the back end of the game.’’

You couldn’t wipe the smile off Ma­roons coach Kevin Wal­ters’ face when Mel­bourne led 18-6 af­ter Queensland trio Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater had com­bined in stun­ning fash­ion.

But the Ti­tans hit back with quick tries to Leivaha Pulu and Don be­fore Hur­rell and Chris McQueen scored.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy later lashed his side’s de­fen­sive per­for­mance.

“We pride our­selves on defence and I can’t re­mem­ber a poorer de­fen­sive ef­fort than what we put up tonight since I’ve been here,” he said.

SHARKS prop Matt Prior faces a week on the side­line af­ter be­ing cited for a shoul­der charge on the Dragons Joel Thomp­son on Fri­day night. He will miss a week with an early guilty plea but risks a two games with a loss at the ju­di­ciary.

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