Hayne wary of Broncos' momentum
He piloted one of the great finals runs of the modern era seven years ago which is why Jarryd Hayne is on high alert for a Brisbane team going into the post-season on the back of five consecutive wins.
The Broncos were less than impressive in knocking over the Roosters last Thursday night but managed to record a fifth win in succession while the Titans have suffered losses to fellow top-eight teams Penrith and North Queensland to round out the regular season.
The last time Hayne featured in finals football was in 2009 when the Eels won seven of their last eight games to finish eighth and then knocked over the Dragons, Titans and Bulldogs on their way to the grand final.
Only the Raiders have a better winning streak heading into the finals than the Broncos and Hayne believes the momentum that Brisbane come in with makes them an even tougher proposition on Friday night.
"We were on fire and we took that momentum through the whole series. That's why it makes it even tougher playing 'Brissie'," Hayne said.
"Obviously they're in a bit of form at the moment but at the end of the day we've got an opportunity to go out there and play our best footy and that's what we're hoping to do on Friday night.
"Brisbane are a great team. They've got a great forward pack, great backline, all over the park and they've got a great coach.
"It's a well-balanced team and we know how good they are.
"They're in a bit of form at the moment with bouncing back with a couple of wins on the trot so it's a huge task for us."
Producing one of the most extraordinary periods of sustained individual excellence to spearhead Parramatta's charge, Hayne scored one of the great finals tries in week one against the Dragons and is second only to Chris McQueen for finals experience in the Titans team named on Tuesday.
He signed with the Titans six weeks ago with the hopes of playing finals football in 2016 and said that the key to making the most of their opportunity now is to transfer their work at training onto the field in a more pressurised environment.
"Obviously the energy is going to be a lot different to what they're used to," Hayne said.
"The crowd's going to be a lot bigger and the game's going to be a lot faster but that's all a part of the experience and hopefully they use that to our advantage.
"We're in control of it with how well we play and trying to do everything that we do on the training field and bringing it to the game.
"The key for us is that we've got what it takes to go with teams with our ability and talent across the park and I guess it's just about the execution and making sure that the opportunities that present themselves we take.
"When you play teams like Brisbane and those types of teams, you don't get very many opportunities during the game. The one or two that we get we need to capitalise on.
"There were a couple of opportunities on the weekend that as a whole we want to do better and personally as well. Those little things in execution need to happen on Friday night.
"It's going to be great for the game, up there in Brissie with two local teams going at it. There's nothing better than a bit of rivalry so it's going to be a great game."
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