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Queensland concede Hayne almost unstoppable

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Update: 12:01PM BLUES sensation Jarryd Hayne is officially the toughest player to tackle in Origin history.

Maroons players on Tuesday night conceded they are almost powerless to stop the Hayne Train steamrolling Queenslands eight-year dynasty in Origin II at ANZ Stadium.

Fox Sports statistics show Hayne is Origins most destructive ball-runner with 109 tackle busts from 18 Origin appearances, eclipsing Maroons trio Greg Inglis (106 in 22 games), Billy Slater (74 in 23) and Justin Hodges (67 in 19).

The Blues custodian produced a man-of-the-match display in Origin I and Maroons players are on guard for a blockbusting Hayne encore in the return bout on Wednesday night.

He is starting to realise what he is capable of, Maroons winger Brent Tate said.

He has threatened to do it the last few years and he has done it a couple of times but week in, week out he is just sublime at the moment.

I dont know ... I dont think were ever going to stop him.

Hayne has been the thorn in Queenslands side ever since he entered the Origin arena and it is no coincidence NSW have won three of his past four Origin starts.

Former Queensland lock Billy Moore warned the Maroons the loss of injured Blues brothers Josh and Brett Morris could make Hayne even more potent on Wednesday.

 Before Game One, I feared he would be the danger and unfortunately I was correct, Moore said.

If anything, Hayne will be even more important because the loss of the Morris boys are huge blows and they will look to Jarryd at every opportunity in attack.

Hayne fatigued Queensland by constantly challenging the line and asking questions of their defence.

Hayne is someone they will definitely look to nullify.

Ask Queensland players why Hayne is the toughest man to bring down and they talk about his size, speed, vision and footwork. Most of all, they talk about his size.

Hayne is officially listed as 100kg, but Queensland thinks he is bigger than almost every forward in the Maroons pack.

He is a pretty big human, I think he is 106kg or something, Maroons forward Matt Gillett said.

He is a big fullback with his size and is pretty strong and hard to handle with his good footwork.





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