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Give us another go next year: Hayne

By Steve Jancetic 16/07/2009 07:08:29 PM Comments (0)

NSW winger Jarryd Hayne has implored NSW selectors to remember the deeds of the players who restored pride in the sky blue jumper by sticking with them for the opening game of next year's Origin series.

Hayne claimed the current squad, which denied Queensland their 'Maroon-wash' with a pulsating 28-16 win at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night, deserved the opportunity to build on what they started in Origin III in the opening game of the 2010 campaign.

"You'd hope so - we really showed what we can do last night," said Hayne, who was NSW's best throughout the series.

"We don't need luck, we just need to go out there and play footy because we can match them.

"They've got some great players but we've got players that have as much skill as any of them."

The Blues will go into next year's series on the back of four straight series losses, and whether their Origin III win will have any impact on next year's selection remains to be seen.

But with game one of the 2010 campaign just under 11 months away, Blues selector Laurie Daley said it was still too early to start handing out sky blue jumpers.

"It's a difficult question - a lot can happen between now and then, but it would certainly be in the back of your mind that they played well," Daley said.

"We're confident that we're heading in the right direction and Queensland have got a fantastic side, but hopefully their reign is coming to an end.

"It's more important just celebrating and building on what we've done and the players realising what it takes to win a game."

While Hayne called for the selectors to show faith, the oldest man in the squad - recalled veteran Brett Kimmorley - said a game three win offered no guarantees.

And Kimmorley should know, the 32-year-old the man in the No.7 when NSW denied Queensland their clean sweep in 2007, but was on the outer for game one of the 2008 series when Peter Wallace was preferred in one of six changes to the starting side.

"I don't think just because of (the win) that they should be there," Kimmorley said.

"I think (that game) is what should be portrayed next year for Origin for NSW.

"We were great. We were physical, we were ruthless, we played as a team and we hunted as a pack. This start is probably what next year's series will be all about.

"A lot of guys should be congratulated - congratulations doesn't mean rewards, but congratulations means they know they can handle this scene again."

Hayne claimed Kimmorley's steady hand had been crucial to NSW's success on Wednesday night.

"Noddy really changed it last night, I think his experience was exactly what we wanted," Hayne said.

"I feel for Wal (dumped game one and two halfback Petter Wallace) because he's been thrown in there but I think the experience makes that little bit of difference when it comes to Origin level and the way Noddy talks and directs the team around, those little things really help you."

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