Eels blow away Sharks in Hayne Day afternoon

Parramatta have recorded a rare win down in the Shire, defeating the Sharks 32-12 in an engaging contest, in front of 12,798 fans at Remondis Stadium.

The Hayne Plane resumed it's flight from where it left off on Queensland's South East. The fullback took a shovel pass from Corey Norman and left the defense in his wake. He stood up Michael Gordon, easing his way to the try-line.

Hayne wasn't done there, with his ten minute highlight reel. This time was as the supplier, chiming into the backline to create the link man, for Ryan Morgan and Semi Radradra, sending the flying winger over in the corner. The Eels were battling the clock early on, leading 10-nil with potential for explosion.

Cronulla are renowned as a team, who do love a deficit. The home side worked their way back into the contest, as Valentine Holmes, Nu Brown and Andrew Fifita, the new guard wrecked havoc on the Eels. It was Holmes, who could have had several tries in the first half, found space and went on a mazy run down the left. From the ensuing play the ball, it was the other two of the new guard combining for Brown's first NRL try.

The Eels once again started like a house on fire, in the second half. Chris Sandow the architect in reintroducing the Eels lead. He put a lovely drifting pass on, for Peni Terepo, who steamed through the gap and past a statue named Michael Gordon. After it was a celebration time, for debutant Bureta Faraimo, who was the last link in the passing chain, to dive over. 

Once again, a deficit doesn't seem to faze the Sharks. They continued to dig in through the young guard but it was a mixture of young and old for their second four-pointer in the 66th minute. Valentine Holmes was away down the sideline, stepping inside unselfishly finding Jeff Robson, cutting the lead down to eight. 

Parramatta though, wouldn't make the same mistake, as others had made when leading by ten plus against the Sharks. They kept the foot on the throat, granted with a slick of luck. Jarryd Hayne added a second try to his afternoon of delight, scooping up a dropped pass by Andrew Fifita and streaking the rest of the field despite the attentions of Jacob Gagan.

They celebrated the victory down in the Shire, the first since Round 21 2009, I wonder what happened that year? Bureta Faraimo crossed from an inventive tap restart from William Hopoate, capping a solid debut for the American international and a win for the Eels that puts them back into the top eight.


Match Details
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 Parramatta Eels 32
Venue: Remondis Stadium
Crowd: 12798
Halftime Score: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 6 Parramatta Eels 10

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jarryd Hayne
2 points - Chris Sandow
1 point - Valentine Holmes

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (12)
Tries: Fa'amanu Brown, Jeff Robson
Field Goals:
Conversions: Michael Gordon (2/2)
Penalty Goals:

PARRAMATTA EELS (32)
Tries: Jarryd Hayne (2), Semi Radradra, Peni Terepo, Bureta Faraimo (2)
Field Goals:
Conversions: Chris Sandow (4/6)
Penalty Goals:


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Welcome to a crisp Cronulla for this afternoon's first game of a triple header, Cronulla taking on Parramatta. The Sharks are looking to make it rare back-to-back wins and lift themselves from the bottom of the table albeit temporarily The big buzz for the home side, is the debut of exciting Holden Cup back, Valentine Holmes, who gets his chance. For the Eels, who defeated the Titans last week after a solo effort from Jarryd Hayne, with his long range effort this standout, they will look to bounce back into the top eight with a solid victory against the Sharks today. Join us for the live updates at 3:00PM AEST.

TEAM CHANGES:

CRO: As mentioned in the introduction, Valentine Holmes, the exciting back from the Sharks Holden Cup side, is making his debut this afternoon pleasing those who take a keen eye on the lower grades. He will wear jersey #21 with the only other change being Tupou Sopoaga replacing Tim Robinson on the bench.

PAR: It's debutant-palooza this afternoon! USA international (yes that's a thing..) Bureta Faraimo comes in for his maiden NRL start also on the wing, replacing Ken Sio. The other change is purely cosmetic, as Peni Teripo making his return, will start from the bench with Junior Paulo starting in his place.

Here come the Eels, led out by the 200 hundred gamer, Fui Fui Moi Moi. Congrats to the big prop, as it is a rare feat to see a prop over the 200 mark. They are followed by the home side, in their home jersey, to a generous applause from the Sharks faithful here at Remondis Stadium this afternoon.

1: KICK-OFF! Sharks with first use.

1: VIDEO REFEREE: The kick-off has eluded Gordon, MoiMoi came in to do clean-up work, as Ryan Morgan toed through.

1: RED LIGHTS..NO TRY! FuiFui knocked on.

3: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Kick to come.

Some blistering speed from the Hayne Plane. He spied the gap and just hit the accelerator, beating Gordon all ends up, to stroll over.

4: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PARRAMATTA EELS
Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow unsuccessful.

Chris Sandow against the breeze, on the sideline, just hooks it left.

7: Nu Brown goes himself on last but is rolled onto his back and caught. Changeover.

11: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Semi Radradra. Kick to come.

This could be a bad romance for the Sharks this afternoon. Jarryd Hayne got involved in the backline, drawing in a defender, passed to Morgan who in turn gave Radradra the easy run-in.

12: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PARRAMATTA EELS
Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.

Sandow learnt from his first kick and curls this one inside the sticks.

12: PENALTY Eels - It is all rolling for them early on.

14: VIDEO REFEREE: A hopeful look upstairs but we get to dazzle at Holmes speed, as he tried to latch onto a grubber.

14: RED LIGHTS..NO TRY! Holmes just wasn't quick enough for the bouncing ball.

16: SIX MORE as Fifita goes charging into the defence and has it raked. Followed by a PENALTY.

19: Cheeky kick from Sandow there! He aimed right for the posts and forced the knock on from the Sharks back three. They get a standing start now, as Heighington was pinged for offside.

24: PENALTY Sharks - Junior Paulo tried to spin him right round, baby right round. Referee not a fan of the song.

27: PENALTY Sharks - Paulo caught again, laying down on the player.

27: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Valentine Holmes makes an unforced error.

Sharks try to find space for Holmes but the pass was behind the speedster.

28: PENALTY Eels - same thing, as Paulo. Holding down.

29: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Jarryd Hayne makes an unforced error.

Jarryd Hayne trying to chime in again, spills it.

31: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Fa'amanu Brown. Kick to come.

A mazy run from Valentine Holmes set that up. Fifita gives the pass to Brown who slides over, a first try for the young half in the National Rugby League.

31: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon successful.

Michael Gordon with a relatively easy conversion, puts it down the middle.

33: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Jonathan Wright makes an unforced error.

Nu Brown sparkling from confidence, gives a low pass to Wright who spills it.

35: Hayne swatted the ball like a precocious fly wandering into his eyesight. It'll be a dropout.

36: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Jonathan Wright makes an unforced error.

Jonathan Wright tried to free the ball for his winger but spilled it.

39: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Valentine Holmes makes an unforced error.

Jeff Robson just wades into a massive gap, sees Holmes is free like a bird, on the edge and tries to give him a cut-out. It was just at his toes and knocked on.

40: HALFTIME :: An entertaining encounter, sees the Eels lead 10-6.

41: We're back! Hopefully better than ever but we do have football, Sharks vs Eels second half. Eels are lined up deep, ready to receive.. here we go again!

43: Hayne looking to re-introduce himself again in the opening ten minutes, throws a floating pass that is ruled forward.

45: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Peni Terepo. Kick to come.

Terepo the tearaway! The forward never going to be stopped in the open space, after Chris Sandow drifted enough before sending the second rower through a gaping hole.

46: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PARRAMATTA EELS
Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.

Sandow from in front, converts.

47: That was nasty. Michael Gordon has his legs taken out from under him by Junior Paulo. The forward is ON REPORT as well.

48: PENALTY Sharks - they tap it quick through Brown.

50: PENALTY Sharks - Eels not getting back the ten.

55: PENALTY Eels after a strip. They will go on the attack.

56: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Jeff Robson makes an unforced error.

A crucial knock down from Robson there, as Sandow was weaving towards the overlap.

58: VIDEO REFEREE: Checking obstruction for Bureta Faraimo's FIRST NRL try.

58: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Bureta Faraimo. Kick to come.

GREEN LIGHTS..TRY! A try on debut for Faraimo who was the last chain in the link of passing started by Sandow and Hayne.

59: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PARRAMATTA EELS
Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow unsuccessful.

Chris Sandow couldn't hook the kick back enough.

60: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Valentine Holmes makes an unforced error.

The rugby league ball is evil.. a kick is rocketed to Holmes who can only tap it and watch it sail over the sideline.

62: Jarryd Hayne, steps, fends and tries to power it across the try-line but he got held up by Leutele. Well done.

63: Andrew Fifita, fresh on the field is just starts his run too early and it goes forward.

66: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Jeff Robson. Kick to come.

Some blistering stuff from Michael Gordon. The fullback just wouldn't go to ground, evading tackles. They went the shift left afterwards with Holmes eyeing the try-line but does the unselfish work, sending Robson across.

66: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon successful.

Michael Gordon puts the deficit down to eight.

71: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Kick to come.

The Hayne Plane takes flight again! Cronulla tried the crash ball to Arona who spilled it right into the path of Hayne, who had open pasture after palming Heighington.. he was strolling, as Gagan gave enough chase to force a palm-off before another try.

72: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PARRAMATTA EELS
Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.

Sandow moves it back to fourteen.

73: PENALTY Eels - all over Fui, like a bad rash.

74: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Ryan Morgan makes an unforced error.

Hayne chiming in with a no-look pass, Morgan couldn't hold it.

76: PENALTY Eels - Sharks tried the reacharound.

77: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Bureta Faraimo. Kick to come.

It was simple as you like, from the tap, Hopoate tapped, fiegned and gave Faraimo the saloon passage for a try.

78: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PARRAMATTA EELS
Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.

From out wide, Sandow, puts it inside the posts.

80: Forward pass quells a consolation for the Sharks. FULLTIME.

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