Sport Jarryd Hayne 80 minutes away from State of Origin return

16:27  19 may  2017
16:27  19 may  2017 Source:   MSN

Hayne hurt but Titans beat Storm in NRL

  Hayne hurt but Titans beat Storm in NRL The loss of Jarryd Hayne to injury has not prevented Gold Coast pulling off an upset 38-36 NRL win over ladder leaders Melbourne in Brisbane.Hayne's NSW State of Origin chances are in some doubt, the Titans' centre breaking down with a knee injury in the 67th minute on Saturday night with the game in the balance.

Jarryd Hayne of the Titans celebrates. Since returning from an ankle injury in round eight, 29-year-old Hayne has impressed despite a move from fullback to Titans coach Neil Henry has no doubt Hayne 's experience and utility value mean the move the the centres haven't hurt his Origin ambitions.

© Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images Jarryd Hayne is set to return to the stage which made him a star if he can get through 80 minutes against Manly in the NRL. Jarryd Hayne is 80 minutes away from returning to the State of Origin stage he was dominating when a flirtation with American football so

Jarryd Hayne is set to return to the stage which made him a star if he can get through 80 minutes against Manly in the NRL. © Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images Jarryd Hayne is set to return to the stage which made him a star if he can get through 80 minutes against Manly in the NRL. Jarryd Hayne is 80 minutes away from returning to the State of Origin stage he was dominating when a flirtation with American football so rudely interrupted.

After a overcoming a knee issue this week, it seems Hayne only needs to get through Saturday night's NRL match against Manly to secure NSW selection for the 2017 series opener on May 31.

Since returning from an ankle injury in round eight, 29-year-old Hayne has impressed despite a move from fullback to centre - so much so that he will likely fill that role for Laurie Daley's Blues after his two-series absence.

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Jarryd Hayne has made himself unavailable for the upcoming representative round as he buckles down on preparing for a fairytale State of Origin return for NSW. Just happy to make 80 minutes , that was the biggest thing," Hayne said after the match.

A fit Jarryd Hayne is chasing a fairy tale State of Origin return after ruling himself out of the representative round. But more importantly for the Titans, as well as Blues coach Laurie Daley, the code-hopper came through unscathed in a flawless 80 - minute effort.

And Daley will surely have his fingers crossed on Saturday, keen to recall the veteran of 21 Origin appearances since 2007 and hero of the Blues' drought-breaking 2014 series win .

Hayne has shaped up against Queensland Origin players Dane Gagai (Newcastle) and Will Chambers (Melbourne) in the past two weeks and on Saturday comes up against Manly's in-form NSW hopeful Dylan Walker.

Titans coach Neil Henry has no doubt Hayne's experience and utility value mean the move the the centres haven't hurt his Origin ambitions.

"He's held his own playing in the centres, he's certainly adaptable enough to play in the centres or elsewhere for New South Wales," Henry said.

The Titans only had one win in their first seven rounds but have turned things around since Hayne's return, winning three matches on the trot.

Hayne should be good for Manly battle

  Hayne should be good for Manly battle The injury crisis at the Gold Coast Titans shows no signs of slowing down but at least it appears Jarryd Hayne's knee issues are minor.Hayne limped off the field in their 38-36 upset of Premiership front-runners Melbourne in round 10 with nerve damage in his knee but isn't expected to miss any game-time.

JARRYD Hayne ’s return to the Gold Coast Titans helped them to their biggest win of the season on Saturday against reigning premiers the Cronulla Sharks. “Not after 80 minutes , you need to see a lot more from him,” Sterling said.

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However the club's injury curse has struck again, with forward Ryan Simpkins ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing an ACL against the Storm while English utility Dan Sarginson could also be out long-term as he likely needs surgery form a dislocated shoulder.

Manly have their own injury issues, losing star fullback Tom Trbojevic for six to eight weeks with ankle and knee injuries during last week's loss to Brisbane.

The absence of Trbojevic will challenge the Sea Eagles' attack as he leads the NRL in the most line breaks for the season with 13 and has registered the most metres by a fullback this year.

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Manly have won four of their last six at Cbus Super Stadium

In their three-game win streak, the Gold Coast have outscored teams 64-20 in the second half.

The Titans lead the NRL in tries from kicks this season with 19.

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