Jarryd Hayne: 'I went to a place that I've never been before'

Jarryd Hayne of the Blues breaks through the defence of Johnathan Thurston and Chris McQueen of the Maroons to score a try during game one of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium.

Jarryd Hayne of the Blues breaks through the defence of Johnathan Thurston and Chris McQueen of the Maroons to score a try during game one of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium.

Blues superstar Jarryd Hayne described his man of the match performance on Wednesday as a night he "went to a place that I've never been before".

Hayne was by far the best player on the field in what will be remembered as one of the toughest Origin games in the 100 battles between NSW and Queensland.

The NSW No.1 scored a try and set up another in a blistering display, but said the physical and emotional toll of the match took him to uncharted territory.

"Individually I just went to a place that I've never been before," Hayne said.

"I remember being on the dead-ball line and I was on my knees and I literally could not feel my legs. Ronnie Palmer had to help me get up. I think I made it to the 20 metre line and I missed the whole set. I was just gone. I remember just thinking, 'keep going, keep going'".

"I remember when I was younger Hayden Knowles had a lot of quotes and a lot of clips of people just moving their legs and telling themselves to just keep going and keep going. I remember there was a time there in my head I was saying 'keep moving'. That was everyone's mentality, not just mine. We gave it everything tonight."

It was Hayne's first man of the match appearance in 18 games for the Blues, admitting he's taken his game to another level this season.

"I think it's just maturity and growing up and being a leader as well," Hayne said.

"I spoke about it during the week, that everyone needs to bring their 'A' game and bring something to the table.

"I think if you're going to be a leader you can't wait for somebody else to do it. I think that's what me and Gal and Robbie as well ... I saw Robbie take a hit up and hookers aren't meant to take hit ups. But he knew the team needed him and he did it for the team."

While Hayne's individual brilliance was a key factor in NSW's against-the-odds victory, an epic defensive display from his teammates in the final 23 minutes was just as significant.

"Definitely, easily [the proudest moment]," Hayne said.

"Being the 100th game, we touched on it during the week, it definitely got what it deserved. The way we defended and just kept turning up, that's what Origin is all about. I've never been a part of a team that consistently resisted them and held them back. It was a great win.

"When you get in that place, it becomes muscle memory, it doesn't matter what you say to anyone, it's a war out there. People's heads are falling off and when you look someone in the eye they just look straight through you because they don't know what's going on.

For me, the mentality is just to be there, whenever there's a half break just be there."

Blues coach Laurie Daley was thrilled with Hayne's performance but said it was the team's contribution that paved the way for Hayne to shine.

"Jarryd was outstanding," Daley said.

"For us it’s about the team and if everyone else does their job guys like Jarryd they shine. They wouldn't shine if the guys in the middle weren't doing anything."

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