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Ref contact picked up on Hayne Cam

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/08/2016 Ed Jackson

Plenty has changed in the two years since Jarryd Hayne last took to an NRL field, especially the crackdown on physical contact on match officials.

Hayne's otherwise impressive return to rugby league for Gold Coast in a 24-14 loss to the Warriors on Saturday in front of a bumper home crowd included a brush against the back of referee Gavin Reynolds.

The incident went largely unnoticed but was picked up by the dedicated "Hayne Cam" camera host broadcaster Fox Sports used to follow the 28-year-old's every move and got attention on social media.

Given the recent crackdown, Titans fans may have a slightly anxious wait for the match review committee findings on Monday.

It's a situation that the dual Dally M Medallist admits he finds baffling, particularly after seeing St George Illawarra forward Tyson Frizell banned for one game for a seemingly innocuous incident when trying to get past the referee against Canterbury last week.

"I don't know what I did," said Hayne of the incident with Reynolds. "I tried to stay as far away as I could.

"Was it a touch or did he walk back into me? I'm not too sure.

"I really don't understand what the go is there with the whole accidentally touching the ref thing," Hayne added.

"That's probably the biggest mindblowing thing, how a person can miss a week for accidentally touching a ref. Tyson Frizell's thing is obviously the thing that has really questioned everything.

"It's sad for someone to miss a week for such a non-aggressive thing I guess."

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