Jarryd Hayne kicks winning point in Titans' NRL victory



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SYDNEY (AP) — Former San Francisco 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne kicked a field goal with eight seconds remaining to give the Gold Coast Titans a 19-18 win Saturday over the Wests Tigers in Hayne's second match back in the National Rugby League.

Hayne signed a two-year contract with the Titans 10 days ago after failing to make the eventual gold-medal winning Fiji rugby sevens team at the Rio Olympics, and after quitting the 49ers after one NFL season.

Hayne, who also set up a Titans' try, slotted the dropped-kick goal from about 30 meters out, spreading his arms in celebration when the ball went through the goal posts.

"I took my time, went into my rhythm, and kept cool and calm," Hayne said after being mobbed by his new teammates. "I hit it beautifully."

Hayne said he's slowing getting back into shape: "It's going to be a tough couple of weeks for me, but each week it gets easier and easier."

The win moved the Titans provisionally into seventh place in the eight-team race for the playoffs with three regular-season rounds remaining after this weekend.

Later Saturday, the second-place Cronulla Sharks missed a chance to overtake Melbourne for top spot when they lost 32-18 to the St. George Illawarra Dragons, and South Sydney beat the New Zealand Warriors 41-22.

The Brisbane Broncos helped consolidate a playoff spot with a 38-16 win over Parramatta and an overtime try to Josh Reynolds in the 89th minute gave the third-place Canterbury Bulldogs a 20-16 win over Manly.

In matches Sunday, Newcastle hosts Penrith and the Sydney Roosters play the defending champion North Queensland Cowboys.

Canberra plays Melbourne on Monday in a match between the first and fourth-place teams.

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