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Hayne's Rugby 7s bid a NRL platform: Peats

  • Hayne's Rugby 7s bid a NRL platform: Peats

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22: Nathan Peats of the Titans runs to warm up ahead of the round 11 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Gold Coast Titans at Pepper Stadium on May 22, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Jarryd Hayne's failed Olympics bid appears to hold the key to his instant impact upon returning to the NRL.

The dual Dally M winner played his first game of rugby league in almost two years on Sunday in Gold Coast's 24-14 loss to the Warriors at Robina.

Hayne played 52 minutes in the clash and showed few signs of rustiness, setting up a try and featuring in several key plays for his new club.

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Hooker Nathan Peats says Hayne's six weeks with Fiji's Rugby Sevens squad helped him find his touch after more than a year playing NFL in the United States.

"He would have touched the footy a lot and got passed it again," Peats said.

"It's obviously different coming straight from NFL to here but I think that little six week camp he had got his hands on the ball and got him used to that footy structure.

"I thought he went really well with it."

Hayne will line-up at five-eighth on Saturday in the Titans' crucial clash with Wests Tigers at Campbelltown.

The 28-year-old made his name as a fullback but has experience in the No.6 jersey, playing 14 times in the position for Parramatta before his NFL adventure.

Peats, who played alongside Hayne at the Eels, says both positions carry similar responsibilities.

"You've seen Matty Moylan and that do it this year," he said.

"It's quite similar with your passing out the back and certain fullbacks like him, Matt Moylan, (James) Tedesco have the hands out the back where you can create a three-on-two with a face ball or short ball.

"I'm pretty sure he'll be right this week."

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