Hayne goes missing as Bulldogs hold on

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    Parramatta's Jarryd Hayne (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville)

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    Just as we expected, the Parramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs went to war in an old fashioned slugfest at ANZ Stadium, with the Bulldogs desperately holding on for a gallant 20-16 victory.

    While the Eels toiled and scrambled and hung tough, they just could not quite get over the line. Something was missing in the clutch. Parramatta lacked the killer punch to steal the points from their fierce rivals.

    Coach Ricky Stuart has already instilled a competitiveness, it was on show for all to see, but when they needed him most, superstar fullback Jarryd Hayne went missing.

    Much like his coach in his playing days, Chris Sandow played like a man possessed.

    The Eels’ line speed was exceptional, the forwards kept taking the ball over the advantage line and the backs helped out wherever they could. But where was Hayne?

    Time and time again Hayne was caught out of position by the Bulldogs halves kicking game. When he finally did reach the ball, he sauntered back and continually hurt his tiring forwards. After all the hard work the Eels had done defensively, Hayne let them down.

    He may have led his side to a grand final appearance in 2009 and many other victories since and there have been plenty of occasions where the Eels have let Hayne down.

    Tonight he was the passenger.

    Parramatta had every chance to win a gruelling encounter heading to the break only four points behind. But a scoreless second half would have coach Stuart wondering what happened to their execution throughout the second stanza.

    Sandow was at his scheming best and constantly challenged the Canterbury line. Other than Sandow, the Eels struggled for structure and direction when the little halfback was out of the play.

    When Hayne was called upon for something, for anything, there was nothing. And it wasn’t like the Bulldogs targeted the fullback for extra attention either. He simply refused to inject himself into the match.

    Nonetheless, Stuart was happy with his team’s performance.

    “It was a tough game of footy for round two,” Stuart said at the post match press conference.

    “I’m a proud coach of a footy team. Everything I’ve asked for the boys are delivering.

    “Some of our front rowers were tired but doing the extra efforts. Chris Sandow was outstanding.

    “I’m prouder now than after last week’s big win.

    “We’ve still got a lot of work to do, don’t get me wrong. But I’m a proud coach. “

    Parramatta can take plenty of positives out of this kind of contest. Despite the loss, the Eels were back in a big match in primetime.

    The Bulldogs might have been weakened by injury, but the Eels were still in the grind and they almost did it without their fullback.

    “I was impressed with the way the boys grinded it out in the middle,” Hayne said.

    “That’s what the best teams do.”

    The best teams also have brilliant finishers with high work rates. If Hayne wants his fat new contract, he has to work a little harder than he did Thursday night.

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    • Roar Guru

      March 15th 2013 @ 6:00am
      Robshots said | March 15th 2013 @ 6:00am | ! Report

      Definitely a valid point re Hayne, he was conspicuous by his absence and when he did try things they resulted in an error. The game was there to be won for the Eels, that’s when you’d expect your big contract players ie Hayne & Sandow to be handling the ball more than ever with deft execution. The dogs were missing a Dally M fullback and three key forwards, possibly an opportunity missed for Parra.

      • Roar Guru

        March 15th 2013 @ 8:34am
        Dogs Of War said | March 15th 2013 @ 8:34am | ! Report

        To be fair, Hayne did cop a knock earlier in the match and was never the same afterwards.

        • Roar Guru

          March 15th 2013 @ 10:44am
          Curtis Woodward said | March 15th 2013 @ 10:44am | ! Report

          I thought Sandow was absolutely brilliant.

      • March 15th 2013 @ 10:42am
        B.A Sports said | March 15th 2013 @ 10:42am | ! Report

        No doubt the Dogs were missing key personell.
        The Eels were also missing their first choice winger (Sio), Tonga is still MIA, their first choice 5/8 (Kelly) was out and worst of all Roberts was in and played 80 minutes. Its hard to win with Roberts out there…

        • Roar Guru

          March 15th 2013 @ 10:45am
          Curtis Woodward said | March 15th 2013 @ 10:45am | ! Report

          Old Benny Roberts should have been playing Super League four years ago.

    • March 15th 2013 @ 10:28am
      Collo from Blacktown, probably heard of me... said | March 15th 2013 @ 10:28am | ! Report

      Hayne was hurt..
      Watch the game, and you’ll see it.. So he can be excused.
      Ben Roberts on the other hand…
      He was one of Canterbury’s best last night…

      • Roar Rookie

        March 15th 2013 @ 8:49pm
        Damn Straight said | March 15th 2013 @ 8:49pm | ! Report

        As per normal…it beggars belief that Roberts is getting paid $200k a year to consistently put on shambolic, cringeworthy displays. For every little line break he makes, 2-3 penalties and /or forward passes, crucial missed tackles or dropped balls will ensue. You could see Ricky fuming, but repressing it nicely.
        Des Hasler knows a good thing when sees it. As soon as he came to the bulldogs, Roberts was always going to be shown the exit.
        That was another Steve Kearney masterstroke…signing Ben Roberts. Really hope Ricky gives him a gentle nudge out of Parramatta asap.

    • March 15th 2013 @ 10:40am
      B.A Sports said | March 15th 2013 @ 10:40am | ! Report

      I feel sorry for Hayne sometimes. If he doesn’t score 12 tries, make four try saving tackles and save a baby in the crowd, he is crushed.
      His game last night;
      Fielded the kick off, and took it back himself.

      In the first half Intercepted several long field kicks before they got behind him and brought them back himself.

      Took a knock (it was Ennis trying to twist his ankle on two occasions). Hayne managed to stay on the field, Matua wasn’t so lucky..

      He made a try saving tackle on the left side of the field stopping K.Keating millimeters form the line and as a result was seconds late getting across to the far wing to help Tautai defend a cross field bomb – hardly his fault.

      The Dogs had the ball for 60% of the first half and when the Eels did have it they were coming out of their own end, or kicking very early in the count, not much he can do about that.

      The Dogs kicking game in the second half was much better. They were setting up in the middle of the field and with Keating and Reynolds splitting both sides of the ruck, it is pretty hard for any full back to be waiting in both corners!

      He made several runs in the second half where he brushed away from tacklers, and was constantly trailing Sandow and/or Paulo (who didn’t have a good game) on the inside but Gould (who you seem to be parroting here) seemed to conveniently stay quiet through these moments because it didn’t suit the theme of his argument.

      Was he brilliant, no. was he 100% fit, no. But he was out there trying, so I am not sure why there has to be this hate on him when it isn’t his day. Last week he played exactly the same way. He scored three tries (he didn’t get touched, he just had to back up the runners) and he was lauded. So the only real difference was the dogs defend better than the Warriors what a shock!

      • Roar Guru

        March 15th 2013 @ 10:47am
        Curtis Woodward said | March 15th 2013 @ 10:47am | ! Report

        Parroting Gould? Too bad I was at the ground and didn’t hear the commentary.

      • March 15th 2013 @ 4:33pm
        Tony Archers Maroon Underwear said | March 15th 2013 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

        BA Sports is right here.

        • Roar Rookie

          March 15th 2013 @ 9:47pm
          Damn Straight said | March 15th 2013 @ 9:47pm | ! Report

          That he is. I actually bagged Haynes performance last night, because I only caught the second half where at times he looked listless and disinterested.
          After watching the whole game again tonight, I have to agree with your assessment there B.A.
          Definitely one of the pitfalls of having freakish talent in this day and age…people expect the freakish talent to be switched on at all times. Being human won’t be tolerated.

    • March 15th 2013 @ 12:01pm
      Andy said | March 15th 2013 @ 12:01pm | ! Report

      Hayne’s cut out pass proved to be a deciding factor in the second half, the one that went forward.

    • March 15th 2013 @ 12:08pm
      Worlds Biggest said | March 15th 2013 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

      The Eels had so much ball in the second half but couldn’t execute despite the best efforts of Sandow who looked the 2011 version. Poalo at 6 looked solid and will only get better of Sticky persists with him. They really needed Hayne in the last 20 to step up so perhaps the head knock was the real factor. The Eels are a young side and will be interesting to watch this year. The Dogs weren’t that convincing but defended well in the second half, not much if anything in attack. They looked disjointed minus some troops. They will be happy to get a win before the Grand Final replay.

      • Roar Guru

        March 15th 2013 @ 12:14pm
        Curtis Woodward said | March 15th 2013 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

        If Hayne was that messed up, he should have put his hand up or moved to the wing and let someone else have a crack.

    • March 15th 2013 @ 12:13pm
      Geronimo said | March 15th 2013 @ 12:13pm | ! Report

      I thought Hayne was the star last night but a different one – Ennis was mouthing off at his decisions all second half but the Eels got most of the decisions in the second half. But Hasler must have had deja vu at 67min when the plane Hayne threw a forward pass for the winger to score but amazingly Hayne called it back for forward. It wasnt as forward as this one at 8mins40 in the youtube clip below when Hayne managed to get the Eels up against Manly in the second half at Parra in 2010

      • Roar Guru

        March 15th 2013 @ 12:52pm
        Curtis Woodward said | March 15th 2013 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

        Did Parra win that game?

        • March 15th 2013 @ 12:55pm
          Geronimo said | March 15th 2013 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

          Yes amazing second half comeback but more to do with the Hayne that is not a parra player..Remarkably the ref Hayne survived but the tochie got dropped……

      • March 15th 2013 @ 4:25pm
        Tony Archers Maroon Underwear said | March 15th 2013 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

        Thanks for posting G, nice blast from the past, the Tahu try is a freakish piece of RL!!
        I think thats the game where afterwards Hasler was so angry he ripped a door of its hinges in the away rooms at Parra stadium!
        Personally I thought they were good calls 🙂 straight from the TA call book

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