Cronulla coach Craig Fitzgibbon is adamant.
Hynes and Sharks teammate Siosifa Talakai both filed their NSW Blues claims against the lavish Warriors on Sunday in Cronulla’s 38-16 win in Brisbane.
With his team trailing 12-0 after the Warriors scored twice, Hynes, who was part of the Blues expansion squad for Origin’s opening loss to Queensland, set his team in motion with a high-precision kick to stop the Sharks’ opening attempt for the attack. to set up. began.
Hynes is vying for the NSW number 14 jersey and he put his team first in a controlled and incisive display. When the Sharks needed leadership, Hynes raised his hand to take charge.
“He’s ready,” Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon said of Hynes, who was in camp with the Blues for game one of the Origin series.
“He came back after not playing, taking the lessons from the (blues) camp and being around players of that caliber. He understands he wants to be a part of that and he’s going to fight for that.”
Sharks captain Wade Graham also said Talakai and Hynes were “both pushing” for NSW roster.
Talakai took his place on Sunday’s side after a court quashed a warrant against his arrest for failing to bring forward a minor charge of driving, and his action has now been postponed to June 23.
He flew to Queensland later than his teammates, but it didn’t affect his focus or impact. The wrecking ball centre, which qualifies for NSW and Tonga on the representative front, scored a cracker and ran for a 206-yard powerhouse from 23 runs to give Blues coach Brad Fittler plenty of food for thought.
“(Talakai) has internalized the position,” Fitzgibbon said.
“He’s destructive, but what I like about his footy is that he talks more and rolls up his sleeves every week. In those back five the set has to start somewhere and more often than not he says ‘it’s me’. He wears he with pride.”