Fiji Time: 2:40 AM on Tuesday 25 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Hopes for Hayne to recover for Origin II

Aap
Thursday, June 12, 2014

COFFS HARBOUR, NSW, June 11 AAP - The Blues are backing freakish fullback Jarryd Hayne to overcome injury and deliver another superhuman performance in next Wednesday's State of Origin return bout against Queensland.

Hayne sat out NSW training in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday with a corked leg but teammates have no doubt he'll bounce back and conjure another inspirational display as the Blues look up to wrap up a long overdue series win in Sydney.

Rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns made the prophetic pre-game statement that Hayne must be man of the match for the Blues to win the series opener in Brisbane a fortnight ago.

Hayne not only delivered on Johns' word, but his heroics in both attack and defence in the 12-8 triumph at Suncorp Stadium had some experts rating his performance a perfect 10.

First-year Blues halfback Trent Hodkinson, who played alongside Hayne in the Parramatta junior ranks at age 15, is convinced the 26-year-old former Dally M Medallist will repeat his magic show at ANZ Stadium.

"I think it just comes naturally for him," Hodkinson said on Wednesday.

"He's been here for a long time and he's experienced Origin for however many years so he's just got to do what he does best.

"He showed in game one what he's capable of. He's just got to do that again."

With the Blues so close yet so far from their first series victory since 2005, Hodkinson says the entire squad must step up and support Hayne for NSW to break the drought.

"Personally, I want to go to the next level," Hodkinson said.

"My debut game, I was happy to get through that and stoked to get the win, but there's things I've got to work on in attack and my kicking game.

"I want to take a few things to the next level."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62890.6099
JPY 56.315453.3154
GBP 0.38440.3764
EUR 0.42960.4176
NZD 0.68110.6481
AUD 0.63740.6124
USD 0.50310.4861

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 24th, July, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. How the first Tui Cakau was named
  2. Trust funds scrutiny
  3. Police release Adi Ana
  4. QVSOB dedicates win to former teacher
  5. Up in flames
  6. Rewa reigns
  7. Chief pleads for safety
  8. 'Only the most complicated cases'
  9. Farmer, 59, is Fiji's latest road victim
  10. Locally produced potato seeds for planting

Top Stories this Week

  1. Cane field murder Tuesday (18 Jul)
  2. Body of baby found in Nabua Wednesday (19 Jul)
  3. Journals from the UK Friday (21 Jul)
  4. Former soldier seeks forgiveness Tuesday (18 Jul)
  5. Mother and children perish in fire Thursday (20 Jul)
  6. Space to share Thursday (20 Jul)
  7. Baber hunts for speedsters Friday (21 Jul)
  8. Radradra in for RLWC Tuesday (18 Jul)
  9. Tearful farewell Friday (21 Jul)
  10. Yuri's love for Fiji Friday (21 Jul)