Hayne flops, Holmes flies as Australia make World Cup final


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    An ill-disciplined Jarryd Hayne has thrown in a bit of everything as his Rugby League World Cup campaign came to a grinding halt in Brisbane.

    The Fijian five-eighth looked to inject himself early in the semi-final against Australia but only helped the host’s cause by conceding a series of silly penalties.

    Hayne was felled by David Klemmer after kicking in the opening moments and took his frustration out on Kangaroos fullback Billy Slater, his shoulder charge sparking a scuffle between the sides.

    The two-time Dally M Medal winner clashed with Slater again soon after to concede another penalty, with goal kicking skipper Cameron Smith accepting both gifts to help build an early 12-2 lead.

    And while his kicking game caused Australia some anxious moments, the 29-year-old also let them off the hook with at least two errant passes when his team was on the attack.

    It ended 54-6, the Kangaroos the first team through to next Saturday’s final and Valentine Holmes incredibly adding six tries to eclipse his Australian record quarter-final haul of five.

    Hayne also lost his share of the World Cup try-scoring record when Slater crossed for his 15th four-pointer in the first half.

    The lopsided result ended a charmed World Cup run for Fiji, highlighted by last weekend’s 4-2 quarter-final defeat of New Zealand.

    Contracted to Gold Coast for 2018, Hayne is scheduled to join preseason training on the tourist strip in early January.

    But that may be unlikely, with Titans coach Garth Brennan earlier this week conceding reports of his return to Parramatta had “some merit”.

    Despite initially denying he had been in talks with Sydney clubs, Hayne is tipped to ask for a release early next year and return to the Eels.

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    • November 25th 2017 @ 5:21am
      Rugnut said | November 25th 2017 @ 5:21am | ! Report

      Overrated, bigheaded, selfish waste of $$$$.

      • November 25th 2017 @ 9:39am
        Ron Norton said | November 25th 2017 @ 9:39am | ! Report

        Hear! Hear! Why would Parramatta want him back?

      • November 26th 2017 @ 9:35am
        Steve said | November 26th 2017 @ 9:35am | ! Report

        Never truer words said about the most overrated footballer of all time he has failed in Gridiron,Rugby Union,and Rugby League what a loser he is.

    • November 25th 2017 @ 6:15am
      terry tavita said | November 25th 2017 @ 6:15am | ! Report

      hope tonga wins tonight..eng vs aust final?..boooooring…

    • November 25th 2017 @ 6:20am
      Rugby365 said | November 25th 2017 @ 6:20am | ! Report

      This comment has been removed for breaching The Roar’s comments policy.

      • November 25th 2017 @ 7:27am
        Terry Tavita said | November 25th 2017 @ 7:27am | ! Report

        and lots of fijians too..question is, why doesn’t the kangaroos attract big crowds?..is there a disconnect?

        • November 25th 2017 @ 7:38am
          Londoner said | November 25th 2017 @ 7:38am | ! Report

          I think the issue is international RL is not as high a standard as the NRL. I say this sadly…. I’m a big fan of international RL however before this game I was thinking is it a 40 point game or will Fiji put on a show and make it 24 points?
          The idea of them winning wasn’t a Option.
          Oz at 1.07 was actually good value.

          If England and new Zealand could regularly turn over Oz it would help alot with interest.

          Secondly holding internationals at the end of the season says it’s not so important compared to the NRL.

          If you look at Rugby union international is everything. In Rugby League it’s not.

          Oz still a sight to see play League and can provide half the WBs backline ongoing.

          As for Hayne. Good player but outclassed here. He’s not a half back at this level.
          Slater is still a great player and the system Meninga is playing is getting the best out of Duggan and Holmes.

        • November 25th 2017 @ 7:59am
          Cedric said | November 25th 2017 @ 7:59am | ! Report

          there was about 30k at the Gabba earlier in the day, so there’s where the people were.
          I’ll keep an eye out of my window tonight, I reckon Tonga will put up a few high balls to the England corners.
          I though Hayne had his hands open in front of his chest when he hit Slater?

        • November 25th 2017 @ 12:20pm
          Cathar Treize said | November 25th 2017 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

          I think Terry the difference is, the Kangaroos are just way too powerful & few challengers. Also doesn’t help that Australia has a nation of successful, semi successful national teams who are challenged & that keeps interest. That’s the reality but I think should the Roos ever face stiffer competition, the crowds would come back given the fact people still watch them in greater numbers than most of our national teams bar cricket! That is a fact too.

          I’ll flip it around& look at the All Blacks. They are ever dominant, do have a handful of challengers from time to time but what else does NZ have to hang is hat on internationally with as much consistency? Therefore their support remains engaged for example (& no this comment should not be an invitation for code wars as nothing I’ve said is defamatory but an observation thank you)

          • November 25th 2017 @ 12:44pm
            Cathar Treize said | November 25th 2017 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

            I should eloborate, far greater numbers on TV given ratings!

          • November 25th 2017 @ 1:32pm
            Terry Tavita said | November 25th 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

            you make some good points..fair enough..

      • November 25th 2017 @ 9:08am
        Justin Kearney said | November 25th 2017 @ 9:08am | ! Report

        Australia dont have the world cup in 2025 rugby365. Any comments about the game or are you here just to jeer as usual?

        • November 25th 2017 @ 9:17am
          nerval said | November 25th 2017 @ 9:17am | ! Report

          Ouch! Another uselessly t-r-o-l-l-i-n-g post from Rugby365.

          • November 25th 2017 @ 9:21am
            Justin Kearney said | November 25th 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

            It is all he is good for nerval. Negativity is his specialty.

          • November 25th 2017 @ 9:28am
            Rugby365 said | November 25th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

            Trolling? What’s that? I’m just stating an opinion ?. Australia were just to good as for Hayne, what did he actually do tonight? The guys just living off is past reputation

            • November 25th 2017 @ 9:55am
              Justin Kearney said | November 25th 2017 @ 9:55am | ! Report

              Thats better rugby365. Now try and keep it up. Try not to be such a negative nellie!

            • November 25th 2017 @ 9:55am
              nerval said | November 25th 2017 @ 9:55am | ! Report

              Your initial post said nothing about Hayne or the game at all. That’s what.

              • November 25th 2017 @ 10:01am
                Justin Kearney said | November 25th 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

                And rugby365 is a chicken heart who runs to the mods whenever he is challenged. Probably a rugby winger. They are usually pretty faint-hearted.

        • November 25th 2017 @ 9:57am
          Justin Kearney said | November 25th 2017 @ 9:57am | ! Report

          What a negative attitude you have rugby 365. Gee you must be fun at parties!

    • November 25th 2017 @ 6:23am
      Greg said | November 25th 2017 @ 6:23am | ! Report

      Klemmer’s tackle looked to have as many arms as Hayne’s, i.e. none. Perhaps nothing would have changed if the ref had picked up on it, but at least we might have been spared Cam Smith trying to suggest to the ref “that’s the way Fiji intend to play”, as if the Kangaroos were Boy Scouts. Having said that, last night’s game shows how truly horrible the Kiwis were last week.

    • November 25th 2017 @ 7:36am
      Greg Ambrose said | November 25th 2017 @ 7:36am | ! Report

      I watched Hayne fairly closely last night at 5/8 and to me he is like a fish out of water in many regards. Thurston is so good in this role because he takes on the line and either dummies or passes. Hayne usually ambles forward presents zero threat and is almost certain to pass.

      Run Jarryd Run!

    • November 25th 2017 @ 8:09am
      Matth said | November 25th 2017 @ 8:09am | ! Report

      Fact is that since the mid seventies, the Sydney club competition has become more important than internationals, and this only became more pronounced after state of origin. Rugby365 is just stirring but in this case he is right. And that’s ok our game model is more around club footy than internationals. I hope the international game keeps growing, but it will take a long time. Rugby of course is built more around international football with club football being more grassroots and not a TV drawcard, and that’s okay too.

      • November 25th 2017 @ 11:50am
        wag said | November 25th 2017 @ 11:50am | ! Report

        It is time to be serious about this “World” Cup:-

        Based on where the players are actually PLAYING the game, the Teams could easily be re-named as:-
        1. Australia
        2. England
        3. New Zealand
        4. PNG
        5. France/England
        6. Italy/Australia
        7. Australia 2 (Lebanon)
        8. Australia 3 (Fiji)
        9. England 2 (Ireland)
        10.England 3 (Scotland)
        11.England 4 (Wales – 2 players actually living in Wales but whose Welsh Club, South Wales Ironmen, plays over the
        border in an English competition )
        12.New Zealand 2 (Tonga)
        13.New Zealand 3 (Samoa)
        14 ???? (USA?)

        (SOURCE: Team Lists and players’ Clubs, as shown in: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport)

        • November 25th 2017 @ 12:05pm
          Justin Kearney said | November 25th 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

          Wag if you dont like it dont watch it. I have enjoyed the tournament immensely. Go find something worthwhile to do as flaming here is pathetic behaviour.

          • November 25th 2017 @ 2:05pm
            wag said | November 25th 2017 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

            Ha ! Ha! Typical response, Justin !

            I, too, enjoy watching the fair dinkum games — like Aust. v Poms etc., but NOT some 3rd-string Aussie team v some 3rd-string Pom team ! (Although I agree that Kiwis v Tonga was a great match with a great atmosphere — thanks to the Tongans living in NZ).

            Suncorp Stadium is often filled (52,500) for some great NRL games such as Broncos v Cowboys, and is sold out months in advance for Origin. Yet, interestingly, for Brisbane’s first game of this series, the stadium was less than half-full (22,000) for a World Cup SEMI-FINAL !! — with many local Fijian fans understandably making up a good % of that crowd !

            My only point (that you seem to have mis-interpreted) was that it is a “con” to try to make us believe that the players representing many of the countries actually play League in those countries. Obviously, by avoiding this SEMI-FINAL, many Brisbane fans showed that they have not been “conned”. !

            • November 25th 2017 @ 2:15pm
              Justin Kearney said | November 25th 2017 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

              There was no con wag. Nobody tried to pretend either where these players are from or where they play. So what is your point? Like the id though. Says it all

            • November 25th 2017 @ 2:25pm
              Cathar Treize said | November 25th 2017 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

              “it is a “con” to try to make us believe that the players representing many of the countries actually play League in those countries. ” see this is where your trolling lets you down because you don’t care if they play league in these countries or not, that is not your purpose here.

              There are domestic comps/activity in every country represented in the RLWC, that’s a fact. Whether its small or large isn’t a matter as long as there are people who enjoy taking their fav sport to new markets because that’s what living in the free world allows. I don’t know why you have such a hard time accepting this. You’re not fooling anyone. Your ID shows you signed up this month just like a whole heap of ID’s in a coincidental rush? I don’t think so.

              And I doubt the average NRL fan would know much about RL’s developments overseas despite your assertions that they have not been ‘conned’ . I doubt 99% of them would know the Toronto Wolfpack exists. Are you going to tell me the Wolfpack are a con? They don’t play to 7-8,000 crowds, don’t get coverage from Canadian newspapers, CBS etc? Your logic is flawed because you have none!

            • November 25th 2017 @ 3:00pm
              Terry Tavita said | November 25th 2017 @ 3:00pm | ! Report

              most rugby union players who represent tonga, samoa, fiji, romania, georgia, usa, etc don’t play rugby in those respective countries..they gravitate towards where the money is..

              • November 25th 2017 @ 5:17pm
                Zac Jones said | November 25th 2017 @ 5:17pm | ! Report

                Terry atleast most come from those countries and people in those countries know what Rugby Union is..

        • November 25th 2017 @ 12:10pm
          Terry Tavita said | November 25th 2017 @ 12:10pm | ! Report

          if we go by your logic..australia 4 (new zealand)..

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