The pain of Hayne - Australian Rugby league News
Backglobalrugbyleague - Thu, 24 May 2007 00:23:00 GMT
The cold, harsh reality of making one poor decision could come back to haunt Blues debutant Jarryd Hayne following Queensland’s 25-18 win over New South Wales in Origin 1.
Ahead by only 6 in the final minute of the first half, it was a spectacular try from Hayne that silenced most of the 52,498 in attendance while giving NSW a comfortable 18-6 lead at the break.
But then the Queenslanders did it again. They scored first in the second half when winger Greg Inglis went wide in the 50th minute.
It was a satisfying night for Inglis who so far this season has yet to score any tries in the five-eighth role for Melbourne despite the Victorian outfit leading the NRL ladder.
8 minutes later forward Steve Price was compensated for an earlier try called forward when he planted a four-pointer next to the posts to lock the scores at 18-all.
Hayne’s moment of glory soon turned into what could be a costly error of epic proportions when he fielded a Cameron Smith kick centimetres from the sideline.
The Eels winger then opted to toss a one-handed pass off the ground to teammate and fullback Anthony Minichello.
Why he did this is anybody’s guess but it’s expected to get plenty of air-time on YouTube courtesy of incorrigible Maroons fans looking to poke fun at Blues supporters.
Instead the ball landed into the hands of Darren Lockyer who raced over to score his 7th Origin try.
Jonathan Thurston – who was clearly the better of the two halfbacks on the night – then slotted over his second ever field goal for Queensland from 25metres out in the 69th minute.
On the injury front both teams suffered some heavy casualties.
The Maroons lost Antonio Kaufusi – who was a late replacement for the injured Carl Webb – to a knee injury in the second half while NSW lost Willie Mason (hamstring) in the first half.
Mason returned in the second forty but made little impact on his side’s turn for the worst.
Knights fullback Kurt Gidley also failed to return to the field after hurting his shoulder.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy maybe one of the NRL coaches not exactly happy with the way things panned out on the night.
Regular Melbourne lock-forward Dallas Johnson – who survived a hearing with the NRL judiciary a week before the game – was placed on report along with Nate Myles for a lifting tackle on fellow Storm teammate Brett White.
Post-Origin Question: Which player/s do you think will get dropped?
Queensland 25 (G Inglis 2, S Price, D Lockyer tries; J Thurston 4 goals; J Thurston field goal) d New South Wales 18 (N Hindmarsh, M Cooper, J Hayne tries; J Lyon 3 goals) at Suncorp Stadium. Referee: Paul Simpkins. Penalties: QLD 6-5 Kicks In Play: QLD 24 NSW 22 Errors: NSW 10-9. - Read More, Here