A Jarryd Hayne inspired Parramatta has defeated the Titans at CBUS Super Stadium in front of 14,175 people. The victory keeps the Eels finals' hopes alive while the Titans may as well start thinking about next year.
After a low scoring opening 40 minutes, the second half was lit up by a piece of Jarryd Hayne magic. With the Titans leading 12-6 Hayne took the ball on his own 30 metre line, palmed off Greg Bird, made a run towards Titans full back Kevin Gordon and stood him up with sheer speed and skill. Before this it looked as though the Gold Coast may record a vital win.
The biggest centre in the world, Dave Taylor scored early in the match, going through a massive hole in Parramatta's right side defence. The Eels then had plenty of possession which culminated in a try to Ken Sio who accepted a long, looping pass from Chris Sandow in the 21st minute. A late Kevin Gordon penalty goal saw the teams go into the sheds with the home team leading 8-6.
A good try from Gold Coast winger Anthony Don 12 minutes into the second half increased his sides lead to 6 points. At this stage the good sized crowd at CBUS must have thought their night would only get better.
Enter Jarryd Hayne. His try shifted the momentum back in the Blue and Gold's favour.
From a standing start the NSW full back was able to bump off his Origin teammate Greg Bird and begin a run which ended with four points 70 metres down field. Hayne looked unable to get a pass away to his support as he ran towards Kevin Gordon and in a moment of brilliance stood up the Gold Coast custodian and scored in the corner. A great conversion from the sideline by Sandow locked the scores at 12-all.
Sandow then found Hayne a few minutes later for the Eels co-captain to score his second try of the match. Not long after a Sandow kick was spilled by Daniel Mortimer in his in goal with the ball bobbing up into the hands of a thankful Corey Norman to seal the match for his side.
The Road Runner, Titans centre James Roberts produced his moment of magic when he ran around Eels flanker Semi Radradra on half way and flew untouched down the sideline to score a consolation try.
The loss has disturbing ramifications for the Titans and maybe for their coach John Cartwright who its speculated is struggling to hold on to his job. Parramatta return back to Sydney with a valuable two competition points which leaves them right in the mix to feature in finals football for the first time since 2009.