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The Parramatta Eels, despite having a season filled with many issues and inconsistency, still managed to give their fans small slices of entertainment when they performed to their best; giving their hopeful fans glimpses of the amazing run of 2009.
When the Eels scored every try, fans across the country jumped into raucous celebration; when Jarryd Hayne burst into form, his amazing skills on display, people everywhere could only watch in awe. It was a season that saw many amazing samples of the Eels' talents, where they still managed to entertain everyone with their dazzling attacking play. A season where the Eels younger and less known players stood up to face the challenges ahead; where Justin Horo earned his deserving Rookie of the Year and New Zealand Maori tributes, being one of the Eels best and most consistent players; where Anthony Mitchell made his long awaited first-grade debut; where Tim Mannah cemented his position as one of the game's leading young props; and where Jarryd Hayne took control of an Eels team craving guidance.
In a year rife with turmoil and many different controversies, the Parramatta Eels still alluded to a finals berth when they made their brilliant burst of form in Rounds 18 to 20, their attacking dominance allowing them to rout the Penrith Panthers in a come from behind win-being 22-nil down after twenty minutes; the incredible performance by Jarryd Hayne sealed with his unbelievable try, subsequently earning him the Peter Frilingos Memorial Award for Headline Moment of the Year. His form saw him score three tries against the North-Queensland Cowboys, and also lead the Eels to devastate the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 32-16 in Round 20.
The performances of certain individuals in the Parramatta Eels team of Season 2010 were so applauded that they earned much praise from Rugby League experts, commentators, and fans alike; players such as Justin Horo, Tim Mannah, Ben Smith, and Justin Poore.
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