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Smith miffed by Hayne botched Eels' try

Steve Jancetic 02/08/2011 05:33:11 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith has accused Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne of going for style over substance in what proved to be a costly bombed try on Monday night.

With the Eels holding a 2-0 lead midway through the first half at Parramatta Stadium, Hayne looked set to score but tried to beat his player on the outside instead of stepping back in.

Then short of room and with his body outside the field of play he tried to plant the ball down, only to lose it.

The Storm were thankful for the early let-off in a game they would ultimately win 22-18 with a come-from-behind effort.

"We had a couple of good chasers there in Cooper Cronk and Maurice Blair, but I didn't think he (Hayne) had to do what he did," Smith told Sky Sports Radio on Tuesday.

"He tried to dive outside of the field of play and place the ball down where I thought he had enough room to just score the try.

"He's a big enough guy and strong enough guy to take a bit of a bump there. I thought he could have tried to shield the ball a bit more and just place it down.

"I don't know, he went for a bit of a big play. Maybe he went for a bit more of a fancy play to try and score the try and really just lost control of the ball."

Despite the botched effort, the Eels still did more than enough to take the two competition points after opening up an 18-0 lead late in the game.

The Storm hit back with four late tries, the win leaving them within sight of the minor premiership.

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