49ers’ Jarryd Hayne produces spectacular encore

Later in the same quarter, Dallas was forced to punt again, and this time Hayne ran the ball back 34 yards before making a wrong turn and being tackled by the Cowboys’ last line of defence, their punter, Chris Jones.


He showed his trademark quick feet and the sidestep which made him one of the NRL’s premier running attackers, beating a host of oncoming Cowboys tacklers to leave the 49ers in an excellent field position with his first touch. But as Sunday’s preseason slate against the Cowboys continues, Hayne has his new country behind him, too. Starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 1 of 3 passes for 14 yards.

The 49ers come in after a loss against the Texans and the team has the Cowboys, Broncos and Chargers next on the schedule for the preseason.

As a result, Phil Dawson connected on a 25-yard field goal to finish off a 13-play, 51-yard scoring drive which took 5 minutes and 24 seconds off the clock and gave San Francisco the first points of the game. We’ll see if a third receiver emerges since the league declared that Simpson will be suspended for the first six games for a violation of the substance abuse policy stemming from a 2014 arrest for marijuana possession and driving with an open container.

The Cowboys’ fourth punt was deliberately guided to the sideline to prevent another return despite the fact Hayne wasn’t in the backfield. “I felt we moved it a little better as it went on, but the turnovers in the second quarter killed us”. Hayne didn’t look at all out of his element playing “gridiron” as his countrymen call it and may well have a calling as a change-of-pace runner.

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When the 27-year-old rookie took his third return for another 23-yard gain one of the TV commentators gushed: “Going to be hard not to put that guy on this football team”. Quarterback Dustin Vaughan replaced the former Oklahoma State Cowboy and struggled during his playing time.


Both interceptions ensured that the 49ers would go into halftime leading 13-0. Last season the San Francisco 49ers averaged 11.2 yards a punt return. Outside linebacker Eli Harold and defensive tackle Quinton Dial shared a sack in the first half.

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