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Hayne scores twice to boost Origin claim

18/05/2009 11:57:08 AM Comments (0)

Jarryd Hayne delivered another emphatic performance for Parramatta on Sunday to put weight behind his bid to unseat former fullback Luke Burt and keep alive his chances at NSW Origin selection.

Hayne scored two brilliant tries and was simply outstanding for Parramatta, playing a lone hand as the under-manned Eels were beaten 34-10 by Manly at Brookvale Oval.

It was just Hayne's second game this year at fullback after an unsuccessful start to the season playing five-eighth.

He has long coveted the custodian role and eventually convinced coach Daniel Anderson to give him a shot two weeks ago. He hasn't looked back.

Despite the lopsided scoreline Hayne was easily the best on the field, highlighting his dominant performance with a superb individual try from a grubber kick that rebounded off the goal post and back into his hands.

"I was just trying to get it to sit up in goals, a bit of luck went my way and I scored it," he said afterwards.

It wasn't just in attack that Hayne stood out, he also defended strongly and dislodged the ball with a jarring hit on Shane Rodney in the second half.

It was the type of all round performance that would put Hayne in good stead when NSW selectors consider outside backs when picking their team for Origin I next weekend.

But Hayne isn't thinking about playing for the Blues at the moment.

"The Blues is a bonus and I would love to put the jersey on again but my first priority is Parramatta," said Hayne.

"I would rather win games than play good."

The only certainty for Hayne right now is that he won't be the man Anderson calls upon to cure the club's halfback crisis after Kris Keating suffered a broken jaw in Sunday's defeat.

Jeff Robson is the man most likely to be called in for next Friday's clash with South Sydney, with under 20s star Daniel Mortimer still too raw for NRL exposure.

"Jeff Robson obviously is a seasoned halfback. He will come back into play very quickly and then we will see what best suits our team," said Anderson.

"I watch (Mortimer) closely in the 20s and he certainly will come into the reckoning but I can't guarantee it one way or the other now.

"You don't want to throw a young player to the wolves.

"We need our seasoned players to provide more support for the younger players in the team."

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