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Genius behind Hayne's game-changer

Genius behind Hayne's game-changer

When a genius in any field stops and takes the time to explain what to most is the seemingly impossible, you simply hit record and pay close attention.

"I was noticing how tight their middle was and just trying to get to the edges as quick as we could," explains Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne of his 70-metre solo effort in the 54th minute that changed the complexion of Parramatta's clash with the Titans on Saturday night.

"Takairangi and Taylor weren't playing in their natural positions so we just wanted to get at them, Takairangi turned out and that's a side that if I get a chance I'll go through. I almost did that in the first half late off a scrum and got my opportunity.

"I was actually waiting for Kenny Sio, I was going to pass it to him and then I had to adjust and realised that he wasn't going to make it in time and just took on Kevin Gordon.

"I was pretty much just trying to put him in the 'chair' and he kind of hesitated and I took him on the outside and was fortunate enough to get the try."

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What Hayne just explained took all of 11 seconds to complete but gave his team the momentum they needed to keep their 2014 finals hopes alive.

It started with a left-hand fend on Titans co-captain Greg Bird that enabled him to break the line on the inside of Gold Coast five-eighth Brad Takairangi. Then as he approaches Kevin Gordon playing in the unfamiliar fullback position he puts on an in-and-away that causes Gordon to stop and prop 25m out from the tryline and invites Hayne to hit the after-burners and head for the corner post.

It was one of a handful of breathtaking pieces of play that turned the result the way of the visitors but Hayne said such deeds would not have been possible without the careful management of his workload post the Origin period.

When Hayne sat out the 48-0 drubbing dished out by the Warriors in the wake of Origin III critics suggested that he was letting his teammates down by not backing up but the Blues star revealed that it was all part of a carefully managed plan hatched in the pre-season.

"My legs and my knees are definitely tough. I'm sitting at about 105 [kilograms] at the moment and to reach speeds that I reach and do things that I do it takes a lot of impact through the body," Hayne explained.

"Most blokes that are 105 are either front-rowers or second-rowers that don't hit speeds that I do and for me to hit those speeds it puts a lot of pressure through my joints and my lower body.

"We really had a plan for this, for my body to feel fresh coming into the back-end of the year and having a week off after Origin was part of that process.

"Obviously I was under a bit of heat for doing it but deep down we knew what it was for and I guess the way my body is and previously with injuries we always knew that it would be the best for me and the team.

"It was discussed very early in the year, pretty much in pre-season. Just with the injuries that I've had and sustained, you've got to be a bit smart these days. It's not all about being tough and trying to be a hero and playing injured, it's all about getting out there and doing what I did tonight and winning games."

After two successive wooden spoons to be sitting on 22 competition points six weeks out from the finals has already far exceeded what many pundits thought Parramatta would be capable of in 2014 but Hayne is refusing to buy into the suggestion that they have scaled any great heights just yet.

"We're still at the bottom of the mountain. There's still a long way for us to climb and to be a consistent team and that's the end goal," said the 26-year-old who has now scored 10 tries in his past nine games.

"We know with the young players that we've got coming through that we're in a really good position to really compete over the next couple of years and definitely this year."
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