A relieved Jarryd Hayne has recalled the horror of his first-quarter fumble and then being able to shake it off to help the San Francisco 49ers defeat the Minnesota Vikings.
The 49ers won their NFL regular-season opener 20-3 on Monday at Levi’s Stadium.
After the early fumble and veteran running back Reggie Bush injuring his left leg with six minutes left in the first quarter, Hayne supported star running back Carlos Hyde.
The ball spilled to the ground and the Vikings pounced on it.
NFL debutant Hayne was furious with himself.
“I can’t go back in time,” Hayne later told reporters.
“I just needed to move ahead.”
Hayne then became the No.2 option behind Hyde and showed safe hands and powerful running.
Hyde, Hayne’s roommate during training camp, was the player of the game and scored two touchdowns – his first with a brilliant spin – to carry the 49ers to victory.
At the end of the game, 49ers supporters tossed an Australian flag at Hayne who wrapped it around his shoulders and beamed.
Hyde had two touchdowns to seal the victory.