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Hayne hoping history repeats

By Steve Jancetic 08/07/2010 06:33:09 PM Comments (0)

On the back of his most dominant State of Origin performance, NSW fullback Jarryd Hayne is hoping lightning can strike twice to spark Parramatta's faltering NRL finals bid.

It was the Hayne of 2009 - the one who stormed his way to the Dally M player of the year honours - as he terrorised Queensland with some superb second half touches on Wednesday night.

He finished Origin III with a game-high 213 metres and a whopping 18 tackle breaks.

The next highest tackle-break total for any player on the park was eight, by NSW teammates Greg Bird and Kurt Gidley.

The display revived memories of the way last year panned out for the 22-year-old, who used a brilliant Origin campaign as the springboard to one of the most remarkable string of performances ever seen in the NRL.

With the Eels needing to win seven of their last nine games to be guaranteed a return trip to the finals, Hayne is desperate for history to repeat itself.

"Hopefully I can build on this personally and take Parra into the finals," Hayne said.

"Hopefully it all goes well (again)."

Despite being named Blues player of the series while playing on the wing last year, Hayne declared Wednesday night's effort his most dominant in a sky blue jumper.

"I think so, I really enjoyed it and it really felt good playing there and for the first time I felt comfortable at the back so it was good," Hayne said.

What makes his stat line all the more astonishing is the fact much of it was achieved after a quiet opening stanza, during which the Blues custodian allowed himself to settle into the contest.

"I wanted to do that - sort of go through the motions the first half and second half just give it everything, which all the boys did," he said.

Having gone through the motions, Hayne was poetry in motion during the back half of the game, though his efforts were not enough to get the Blues over the line.

It capped a tumultuous ten days for the Eels' main man, during which he was forced to dismiss claims he wanted out of Parramatta after talk of a row with coach Daniel Anderson.

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