by Warren Boland
Titans fans travelling to Suncorp stadium tonight praying the Gold Coast beat the Broncos in the knock-out final will be hoping Jarryd Hayne can channel his remarkable man of the match form from the first Origin game in 2014 at the same venue.
Hayne was at his best, a one man destroyer, inspiring NSW to beat the Maroons 12-8 as the Blues begun their charge to a rare series win.
It is form that Hayne will have to re-discover from deep within himself because it was not evident last week. Despite a finals berth being on the line, Hayne failed to fire and the Titans failed to match the impressive Cowboys.
To me, Hayne appeared frustrated, irritable and a touch disengaged. It could be simply that he knows he hasn’t been able to strike top form quickly, only joining the Titans late in the season after nearly two years out of rugby league.
However I was left wondering whether he really wants to be at the Gold Coast. Does he really feel part of the team? He made it clear that the Titans weren’t his first choice of club when he announced his decision last month.
He is such a powerful player at his best. A game winner. Like Wally Lewis at Lang Park.
Maybe the final will bring out the best in him.
One thing we know is that his opposite number Darius Boyd does want to be at the Broncos. He has had a brilliant season at fullback for Brisbane and is likely to take over the captaincy next season following Corey Parker’s retirement.
The two fullbacks will have a big say in who stays alive in the finals race.
I like the look of the Broncos unless the Hayne-plane leaves the hangar.