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Hayne plane not grounded: Titans coach

By Wayne Heming and Tony Bartlett 03/08/2010 06:32:06 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast coach John Cartwright has rejected claims the Sydney Roosters showed everyone how to ground the Hayne plane last weekend by thumping Parramatta.

The Titans tackle Jarryd Hayne's Eels in the NRL on Friday night in a short turnaround from their road-trip to Auckland to beat the Warriors last weekend.

Brian Smith's Roosters did a good job limiting Hayne's impact in their impressive 48-12 win but Cartwright disagrees with suggestions they cracked the code on how to stop Hayne dominating with the ball in hand.

Instead, Cartwright felt the Roosters shut down Hayne's cabin crew, making life a bit harder for the classy Parramatta fullback to weave his magic.

Cartwright is too experienced to believe any side can shut down a player of Hayne's brilliance.

"The way the game went ... I thought Jarryd Hayne was deadly at times," Cartwright said.

"They shut down everyone around him but I thought Jarryd Hayne did some freakish things in the game.

"It's no different to any side. There's danger men in every footy side and if you let then play football, they'll beat you.

"He's just a little bit more dangerous than the average one.

"Good sides have them, that's what makes them good sides."

Cartwright said the Titans would not use their trip to New Zealand and late return home on Monday as an excuse if they didn't measure up to the challenge at Skilled Park on Friday night.

"It is a tough ask, especially a Sunday in New Zealand ... we spent all day yesterday (Monday) travelling with an early start and got home pretty late," he said.

"The boys are still feeling the affects from the weekend.

"But we know what's in front of us, we've done it before and we're playing with a bit of confidence.

"Regardless of what happens on Friday night, we won't be using any of that as an excuse.

"What happened to them, they could have done to the other side if a few passes had stuck a few last minute tackles had been made.

"They're the type of side you've just got to play very committed for 80 minutes because they're never out of the game.

"It's the way they play the game. They push passes, Jarryd Hayne backs himself, he'll chip early in the tackle count, he runs risks down the sidelines but that's what makes him the type of player he is."

Cartwright had a good news, bad news day with Queensland State of Origin forward Ashley Harrison cleared to play against the Eels but NSW star Greg Bird has been ruled out for another week with a hamstring injury.

Harrison's return and his high defensive work rate will be a big help against Parramatta who get a lot of productivity out of Nathan Hindmarsh, Fuifui Moimoi and Tim Mannah.

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