Hayne free to play

AARON COOPER

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Jarryd Hayne is free to play despite making contact with referee Gavin Reynolds. Source: Courier Mail.

Gold Coast Titans recruit, Jarryd Hayne has not been charges by the NRL after making contact with a referee in his side’s loss to the Warriors yesterday.

The former Parramatta Eel and San Francisco 49er was in hot water last night when footage emerged of him clashing with referee, Gavin Reynolds.

The images from Fox Sports’ ‘Hayne Cam’ showed Hayne contacting the back of Reynolds on Sunday afternoon.

Hayne’s name was notably absent from the NRL’s list of charges from the weekend’s games, which was released this morning.

Following his well-publicised movements between NRL, NFL and International Rugby 7s, there was a camera pointed in the direction of the NRL’s highest paid player for the entirety of the match.

 

When asked about the incident, Hayne admitted he was unsure about the extent of the contact.

“I don’t really know what I did. Was it a touch or did he walk back into me? I’m not to sure,” he said.

“I don’t understand what the go is with the whole ‘accidentally touching the ref thing’.

“It’s probably the biggest mind-blowing thing, that a player can miss a week for accidentally touching a ref.”

The incident comes just a week after Dragons’ back rower Tyson Frizzel received a one-week suspension for a similar incident with referee Chris James.

Frizzel appeared to inadvertently make minimal contact with James, and the decision was widely criticised by a large proportion of the rugby league community.

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It was a long awaited return to Rugby League for Jarryd Hayne. PHOTO: The Daily Telegraph

The NRL Match Review Committee has come under fire throughout the NRL season for inconsistent decisions, and Hayne’s availability to play the Tigers at Leichardt Oval on Sunday is sure to come under fire.

The clash was Hayne’s first NRL game in 701 days and was played in front of the Titans biggest home crowd in 7 years.

Hayne showed glimpses in the 10-point loss of the brilliance that took him to the heights of NSW’s State of Origin team and will play an important role in the final four rounds as the Titans seek their first finals appearance since 2010.

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