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Stark contrast in $1.2M men as Ben Hunt schools Jarryd Hayne
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WHAT does $1.2 million get you on the rugby league market these days?

Apparently it can get you one of either a Jarryd Hayne or a Ben Hunt.

On Saturday night it was definitely Wayne Bennett getting the better return on his investment.

And while the Broncos aren’t actually forking out more than a million for Hunt this year, his performance will have fans in the Illawarra rubbing their hands together.

And he might just be worth the $1.2 million the Dragons have committed to paying him over a lucrative five-year contract.

Hunt was the star as he led Brisbane to a 54-[0 walloping of a hapless Titans side at CBus Super Stadium.

He scored three tries of his own, registered two more try assists, had two linebreaks, busted three tackles, and ran for 87 metres in the unfamiliar position of hooker.

Broncos player Ben Hunt breaks the line and beats Jarryd Hayne.

It was a class performance from the man charged with replacing injured rake Andrew McCullough to lead the club into finals.

And on the other side of the field was the NRL’s other $1.2 million man, Hayne.

Their two respective games could hardly have been more different.

The Titans fullback had a night to forget as his side copped a record defeat in front of a home crowd.

He stopped running in cover defence when Corey Oates beat his winger out wide, he fell off the smallest man on the field — Kodi Nikorima — when the latter ran 100 metres to score, and at the top of the lowlights reel was a strange chip kick on play one early in the game which went easily dead.

 

THE REPORT

The Broncos were on the back foot early as the Gold Coast halves forced two dropouts in the first 10 minutes and gave their side plenty of possession in the attacking half.

But it was Brisbane who drew first blood when ring-in halfback Kodi Nikorima dummied and sliced through the defence to score under the posts in the 23rd minute.

The Broncos extended the lead through Corey Oates soon after and suddenly led 10-0.

Then it was makeshift hooker Ben Hunt who scurried over the line from dummy half to hand his side a 16-0 lead at half time.

After the break it was Hunt again who put Gold Coast to the word, cleaning up his own grubber to score in the 48th minute and make it 22-0.

They should have scored another just a few minutes later when Tautau Moga spilt a simple opportunity over the line, on the back of a Jarryd Hayne mistake.

But they got their chocolates in the 55th when rampaging forward Tevita Pangai produced a magical flick pass to put James Roberts in a gap and over the line.

The Pangai pass has to be one of the best try assists of the season.

Then there was a rare low point for Brisbane, when Joe Ofahengaue was placed on report for up-ending Max King and dumping him on his head.

But the points just kept coming.

Anthony Milford pounced on a cheeky Hunt grubber to extend the lead in the 62nd minute.

Broncos player Ben Hunt crosses the line for one of three tries.
And two minutes later it was Hunt again who received a good ball from Nikorima to beat the defenders and score his third.

Then Hunt registered his second try assist when he put Corey Oates away to score under the posts and make it 44-0.

When Nikorima scooped up a Titans error and ran 100 metres to score in the 75th minute it became Gold Coast’s biggest losing margin ever.

Josh McGuire drove the final nail in when he scored in the 80th minute to make it 54-0 at full time.

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