Hayne Plane returns to wreak more havoc

His house: Jarryd Hayne will lay claim to Campbelltown Stadium again when the Wets Tigers face his Gold Coast Titans at the local venue this Friday. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

His house: Jarryd Hayne will lay claim to Campbelltown Stadium again when the Wets Tigers face his Gold Coast Titans at the local venue this Friday. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Last year he told everyone it was ‘his house’ and this week Jarryd Hayne will return to his hometown stadium.

Barring the unlikely event he fails to back up from Wednesday’s State of Origin clash, Hayne and the Gold Coast Titans will take on the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium from 7.50pm on Friday.

The Minto boy starred in his second game back in the NRL in the same clash last year, sealing his team’s win with a field goal and declaring “this is my house” for the thousands-strong crowd.

A similarly large crowd can be expected this week when the bottom-of-the-ladder Tigers and 14th-placed Titans face off.

Both teams are coming off four losses and a bye in the past five rounds and have plenty to prove.

Wednesday’s Origin will take Wests captain Aaron Woods and James Tedesco, while the Titans are banking on Hayne, his former Parramatta Eels teammate Nathan Peats and Jarrod Wallace backing up for Friday’s game.

Popular players: Kevin Naiqama and David Nofoaluma are perennially popular with the home crowds. Picture: Anna Warr

Popular players: Kevin Naiqama and David Nofoaluma are perennially popular with the home crowds. Picture: Anna Warr

The two teams have played each other 17 times since the Titans joined the league in 2007, with the Gold Coast team holding the edge at 10 wins to the Tigers’ 7.

They haven’t faced off since last year’s one-point Titans victory.

The boys in black, white and orange showed strong signs against reigning premiers the Cronulla Sharks last round, but were ultimately edged out in the late stages of the game.

The Titans had an even harder time against South Sydney Rabbitohs last week, going down 36-20.

Time will tell if the Hayne Plane will leave the Tigers in the dust on Friday, but all signs point to a repeat performance of last year’s nail-biter.

Stand-out: New Zealand international Elijah Taylor has been one of the most consistent Tigers performers this season. Picture:Anna Warr

Stand-out: New Zealand international Elijah Taylor has been one of the most consistent Tigers performers this season. Picture:Anna Warr

It could come down to a battle between Hayne and the Sydney Roosters-bound Tedesco – a battle well worth watching.

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