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Haynes' tears of joy and the State of Origin talking points

News.com.au
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Update: 1:40AM IT WAS the face of a relieved man. After years of torture, Jarryd Hayne let it all out as the NSW Blues finally ended eight years of pain with a 6-4 State of Origin victory in game two to seal the series.

Barely able to speak as he broke down in tears, Hayne gave an insight into the pressure and heartbreak he has suffered throughout his Origin career.

"Ooh, it's been a long time," a weeping Hayne told Blues great Andrew Johns on the Channel 9 broadcast.

"Oh, it's been a long time. We fought hard. Whoah. Yes, son! Yes, son!

"We had to go to another level every game and this is a team that from 1-17 we need them playing well.

"We made so many errors tonight but we just D'd (defence) up and D'd up and D'd up and that's whats Origin about. I can't explain it."

Blues coach Laurie Daley chocked up as well as emotions took over the NSW boys.

"My heart is racing," Daley said. "The crowd got behind us. They got us home.

"We were on the back foot all night but the courage our guys showed in the first two games has been enormous."

If game one was among the Origin classics, this one, visually, was among the worst of all time.

Fortunately, though, it was history making and Blues fans will never forget it.

 
Did Woods touch it? 
It's not State of Origin without controversy. On the restart after Trent Hodkinson scored the go-ahead try in the 72nd minute, Queensland kicked off and it was deemed to go out on the full, gifting the ball to the Blues on the halfway line. But a closer inspection appeared to show the ball brushing Woods jumper. What if the Maroons had another chance with the ball?

Hodkinson the hero

Hardly a household name in Australia, many an eyebrow was raised when Laurie Daley selected Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson for State of Origin game one. But didn't he deliver. The little playmaker produced the only try of the game the series winner with a show-and-go to end the longest drought in Origin history.

The close call

On the stroke of halftime, Reynolds got a toe to a Daly Cherry-Evans grubber moments before the Queensland playmaker regathered and scored. Not long after the break, it was Jarryd Hayne who was the hero, knocking the ball free as Sam Thaiday looked destined to score.

 What a slap in the face

Cheeky Johnathan Thurston got in the face of the Blues, literally, with a gentle slap of NSW backrower Beau Scott as he played the ball in the 11th minute. It could have ended very badly for JT, as Scott got up ready to throw punches. And Scott thought it was Cam Smith who slapped him so wanted to take the Maroons skipper on. Fortunately for Thurston, he was only hit with a penalty and Smith was unharmed.

 So much niggle

The slap in the face was just the start of it. There were elbows, throat holds, late hits... Both the NSW and Queensland sides were guilty of the dirty stuff. Rugby league is renowned for its niggle, but this was ridiculous. So much so that it took away from the ball playing.

 Communication breakdown

 In the 20th minute, Blues skipper Paul Gallen blew up at five-eighth Josh Reynolds after he took it upon himself to take a quick tap with NSW trailing 2-0 at the time. Gallen wanted to take the two points and he was not happy. It was just one example of the lack of cohesion for the Blues across the park.

 Tate's career could be over

Queensland coach Mal Meninga said he was fearing the worst with regard to a knee injury to long-serving Maroons centre Brent Tate. He will undergo scans on Thursday to determine if he requires a fourth knee reconstruction, which would leave the 32-year-old's career in the balance.




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