Saturday 20 January 2018 / 11:55 PM

Hayne overcomes early jitters in solid NFL debut

Jarryd Hayne made a nightmare start to his hotly-anticipated NFL debut, but the former Parramatta superstar bounced back to put in a solid performance in the San Francisco 49ers’ dour 20-3 victory over Minnesota Vikings at Levi’s Stadium.

It seemed all eyes in Australia were on Hayne for the kick-off shortly after midday (AEST).

But his initial foray as a punt returner didn’t go according to plan, misjudging a high kick and coming up with a fumble and turnover. After gobbling up dozens of similar catches on a weekly basis for the Eels – and receiving plaudits for his poise under the high ball in his adopted game – the gaffe was a spectacular anti-climax.

But Hayne redeemed himself after replacing injured star recruit Reggie Bush as a running back, making a run yard carry before producing a big step to make seven yards on his first pass reception.

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