Hayne Misses Blues Training Session
State of Origin I Man of the Match Jarryd Hayne did not take part in the first two NSW team training runs on Wednesday or Thursday, but his lack of participation is not a concern for a side that, unlike counterparts Queensland, has no injury concerns going into Game Two.
Hayne was moving freely on Thursday morning, putting his big boot to use showing off an array of long kicks, but did not take part in the training sessions as he recovers from a thigh cork suffered against the Cowboys last Friday night.
Blues captain Paul Gallen ran with the team but has yet to do any contact work as he looks to recover from a neck injury suffered in Origin I, while Luke Lewis (knee) and Anthony Watmough (bicep) have been training and are considered in no doubt for next Wednesday night.
The side has a day off from training on Friday before a full session on Saturday morning and a high-intensity opposed session on Sunday before heading back to Sydney, leaving just the light captain's run before Wednesday night's game. All players are expected to take part in the remainder of the sessions.
"He'll be right – he warmed up with us, did all our plays at the start but we're still six days out and he'll be training by the end of the week so there's no dramas," hooker Robbie Farah said of Hayne.
Farah laughed when asked if the fullback needed some miles in his legs.
"Haynesy? He never likes too many miles in his legs! He knows what it takes to get himself right and he'll be ready to go."
Farah said in the two training session so far (with development players Wade Graham and Jack Wighton helping out at fullback) everyone has looked sharp and is raring to go. That includes new faces Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate on the right edge, and Greg Bird returning from suspension in the back row.
"It helps that we've got similar combinations to what we had in Game I," Farah said.
"We're just staying nice and relaxed. You don't want to burn too much nervous energy too early; you can think the game over in your head which probably isn't a good thing six days out.
"We've spoken about when we're on the training paddock to really be intense and clinical and execute right, then when we're away from it to get our mind away from footy and enjoy each other's company and relax. We're excited too, it's a great opportunity for us."
It's a stark difference to the Queensland squad, who have already lost two players from their original 22-man squad in Game One players Jash Papalii (ankle) and Corey Parker (facial fractures) ruled out, with Titan Dave Taylor called up, while halfback Daly Cherry-Evans still in a knee brace and Greg Inglis (ankle) and Billy Slater (shoulder) are also racing to be fit.
Farah said the side wouldn't let itself be distracted by what was happening north of the Tweed, however.
"I haven't thought once about them or what they're doing because that's out of our control," he said.
"There's no point thinking about that, all we can control is the way we're preparing and I'm happy with how we're going."