League Immortal Andrew Johns has declared Jarryd Hayne's performance in Origin I as the finest individual game he has seen from a Blues player. And he has challenged Hayne to do it again by involving himself for the entire game in the second match on Wednesday night. Johns has gone a step further and said that Hayne is the best player that he has watched. ''Jarryd Hayne is the most complete player I've seen … he's got size, strength, vision … he's got everything,'' Johns said. ''He understands the game. The big challenge for Jarryd is that he drifts in and out of the game. He needs to be involved for the entire 80 minutes. He needs to do that again on Wednesday night. Origin I he stayed in the game for 80 minutes and we will talk about that for hundreds of years to come. It was an unbelievable game. They talk about great Origin performances, well what we saw from Jarryd was that. It's the same as what 'The King' did [in 1989] when Queensland … when they all got injured. It was one of the great individual Origin performances and it won't be forgotten. He is so good that I think if he'd played game two and game three last year we would have won the series.'' Hayne is ready to take up the challenge - he won't rest on what he did. ''I've watched what I did, but I've picked up errors in my game,'' he said. ''Things I can do better. It's a business what we do and I have to keep my head on. The way you are put on a pedestal. Media has gone to another level, social media especially. I read an article where 'Choppy' Close said he had the same stats that I did and he didn't get the same attention in the media. I'm also sure that I didn't celebrate as hard as he did. It's a different time.'' Hayne isn't whining about the scrutiny. ''It's part of the game,'' he said. Nor is he fazed by the pressure. ''It's what we are paid to do,'' he said.
Throughout the ASADA process the Cronulla playing group has urged each other to stay strong and stick together. The players have maintained they thought they were being given amino acids by the club. This column has heard whispers that the reason ASADA feels it is in the position to issue show-cause notices is because six players have rolled over. That doesn't mean players now at the Sharks; they may be players that were part of the 2011 squad but have since left the club.
GI's stocks rise
Greg Inglis is already arguably the best back in the game and now his fortunes are growing off the field as well. Inglis is a shy character but his form in front of the camera is improving and he will be in demand for a media gig when his Fox Sports deal expires at the end of the year. It is understood Inglis is on more than $50,000 a year to do exclusive stories with Fox's league programs and news segments. While he is not yet as polished as the likes of Paul Gallen, his comments carry plenty of weight. His live performances haven't gone unnoticed by TV executives and there is sure to be interest in his services. It has been a big couple of weeks for Inglis. He kept the birth of his child quiet for some time. Inglis is as proud as any man of his little boy, Nate Alexander, but he has done a magazine deal where he will talk at length about being a dad.
Stars clear the air
Anthony Watmough confirmed this week he had an ongoing issue with Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans. It was noted the pair did not shake hands after Origin I. ''I got to training and said to a couple of boys, 'I don't think Cherry and I shook hands','' Watmough said. ''The next thing I knew it was in the media. I decided there and then we had to get on top of the situation there and then, before it became a bigger issue. We've had our differences but that can happen in any work environment, especially when you put a group of different personalities together.'' Watmough and Cherry-Evans are understood to have been in dispute over the halfback's contract negotiations and, more specifically, his management group. ''To Daly's credit, he was keen to sit down and have a chat with me,'' Watmough said. ''We sorted it out, man to man and I am really glad we did …''
Looking for love
Josh Reynolds (pictured above) has embraced his nickname ''Grub'', but that doesn't mean he doesn't want to be loved by his Origin teammates. ''I know I had to win a few of them over,'' Reynolds said. ''And I know that is because of the way I play each week. I won't change the way I play the game. If some people don't like it, I can't help that. What I do want out of this Origin series - apart from winning obviously - is for my teammates to respect the way I play and to say I really like playing football with that bloke.''
Dank up for fight
Essendon's show-cause notices appeared to surprise the club, but they weren't a shock to sports scientist Stephen Dank. This columnist rang Dank to get a reaction to the Essendon situation when the news broke on Thursday. Dank was unaware. ''First I've heard of it, son,'' he said. ''I guess it is time to sharpen the cue now.'' It will be interesting to see if Essendon ask Dank for support in their case against ASADA. Dank maintains he did not administer or use the banned Thymosin that is central to the ASADA case.
Marika on move?
Wests Tigers winger Marika Koroibete was spotted in Melbourne last week. The Fijian flyer has been unable to crack a spot in the Tigers' team. Expect Koroibete to consider joining the Storm in coming days.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson is one of the game's smartest operators and on Tuesday he will be broadening his players' horizons with a training session with a difference. The Roosters will train with the Waratahs for a session. There have also been whispers the French rugby side will train with the Roosters.