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Parramatta have produced a flawless second half display to stun Cronulla and win their second game of 2012, 29-20 in front of 10,009 fans at Parramatta Stadium.
It was two sides, looking for a win, one more a tad more desperate but Parramatta got off to the worst start, conceding two early penalties and giving up a 2-0 lead off Carney's boot.
Parramatta weren't deterred, opening the scoring after a Poore penalty, gave them to the space to send Morgan away down the short side for the opening try of the game. Burt converted and Parramatta led.
Carney though applied the pressure through the short kicking game, forcing three dropouts then producing the cross field kick which was pounced on by Matthew Wright to reclaim the lead for the Sharks.
The Eels hit an all too familiar wall after 15 minutes, allowing the Sharks to dominate proceedings and take advantage. Colin Best got one on one with a defender and was too strong to extend the lead to eight.
Everything was falling right for the Sharks, with the ball bouncing their way. Gallen used his muscle to cross the stripe just before halftime and the Sharks led 20-8, looking to rack up the score in the second.
A passionate speech from Kearney was ringing in the ears of the players and it spurred them on. Jarryd Hayne took it upon himself, beating three defenders and getting Parramatta back into the contest.
This sparked the Eels who were guilty of nefarious ball handling in the first half to give the ball some air. Hayne turned provider, throwing a lovely cut-out pass to Burt who tip toed in to make it 20-18 with 25 minutes to play.
Whoever blinked first would lose and Cronulla went close but weren't able to score with Colin Best spilling it over the tryline.
Cronulla blinked when Nathan Hindmarsh provided the unlikely offload to send Morgan away but he drew the fullback, sending Luke Burt in for his brace in his 252nd game, handing Parramatta the lead.
Once again, it was Jarryd Hayne who sparked the Eels, starting a movement and then finishing it off to put the lead beyond a converted try. Sandow added a field goal and Parramatta had their second win with the same scoreline as in round four.
Parramatta Eels 29 defeated Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 20
National Rugby League - Round 13 - Monday June 4, 2012 7:00pm
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Referee: Steve Lyons and Henry Perenara
Video Referee: Rod Lawrence
Touch Judges: Adam Reid and Ricky MacFarlane
Halftime: Parramatta Eels 6 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 20
Parramatta Eels (29)
Tries: Luke Burt (2), Jarryd Hayne (2), Ryan Morgan
Field Goals: Chris Sandow (1/1)
Conversions: Luke Burt (4/5)
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks (20)
Tries: Paul Gallen, Colin Best, Isaac Gordon
Conversions: Todd Carney (3/3)
Penalty Goals: Todd Carney (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to a chilly Parramatta Stadium for what shapes up as a mismatch (which hasn't been said about this contest for a few years), the high flying Sharks against the struggling Eels.
Sharks: They are 1-17
Eels: Taulima Tautai is out, replaced by a returning Ben Smith.
FULLTIME in the NYC, Cronulla have prevailed 36-24 after trailing 12-4 early.
Cronulla have made their way onto Parramatta Stadium, followed by the home side.
1 min: Here we go, Parramatta kick off!
1 min: One hit up and one penalty called against Parramatta, a strip on Paul Gallen. Cronulla will attack early.
2 min: High tackle produces another penalty, nothing nefarious in it but worth a penalty. Cronulla opt for goal.
3 min: PENALTY GOAL
No problem from Carney and Cronulla lead.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 2-0
7 min: Good run by Justin Poore, earns a penalty for Todd Carney lying in the ruck.
9 min: TRY
Eels have scored first! Ben Roberts goes down the short side from a Hayne pass and he sends Ryan Morgan away for the TRY! Sharks made to pay for a late tackle penalty. Burt steps up and puts it right over.
Parramatta Eels 6-2
10 min: That tells the story of Parramatta this season, do something good then this, a knock on from Parramatta. Sharks scrum.
12 min: Todd Carney puts in a nice kick on last, for himself but can't get to ball. He gets the next best result, a dropout.
13 min: Carney again with an early kick, forces Luke Burt to bat it dead. Another set for the Sharks.
VIDEO REFEREE: Third time is a charm with the kick for Todd Carney, checking the knock on.
15 min: TRY
TRY! Carney put this kick in the air instead of the ground, forcing Burt to drop it, right into the hands of Gordon to touch down. Carney sneaks the conversion attempt inside the post.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 8-6
18 min: Sloppy work from Nathan Hindmarsh, throwing the pass when it wasn't on.. knock on. Scrum Cronulla.
19 min: Ben Pomeroy beats one then another but he can't get the ball down, HELD UP!
20 min: Todd Carney with a kick which will be a finalist in worst kick ever. Changeover.
21 min: Jarryd Hayne is pinged for holding down. Sharks have swung the momentum back in their favour.
22 min: Referees enjoying the sound of their whistle early, a penalty to Parramatta. Followed shortly by a second, for the marker not being straight.
24 min: That was a Poore option, a knock on from Justin.
25 min: BANG! What a tackle from Ben Pomeroy, he collects Hayne ball and all, almost suplexes him back in goal. Dropout.
26 min: Jeez, Todd Carney got more bend than a boomerang on that kick, earning a dropout as Morgan spills it.
29 min: It continues of a night of pain for Hayne in the opening thirty minutes. He caught the ball on the full but was flung over the sideline.
30 min: Penalty Sharks, more attacking pressure coming. Can Sharks break down the wall.
31 min: TRY
Yes they can! Isaac De Gois darts from dummy half and finds a gap for Colin Best to stroll through and make it a six point gap. Todd Carney with the conversion, extends the lead to eight.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 14-6
36 min: Every is going right for the Sharks, with a desperation pass, hitting a Parramatta player, knock on.
38 min: TRY
John Morris tries it himself from dummy half, no good. Next tackle, Gallen goes the same direction and powers his way over for the TRY! Carney with the simple conversion, slots it.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 20-6
40 min: Parramatta get a lucky break from a rebound, getting six again but it comes to naught after the knock on. HALFTIME.
We're back, Carney puts boot to ball and we're off for the second half.
43 min: Nice run from Ben Roberts who steps his way through and earns a penalty from a strip.
45 min: TRY Media Mantarays
It was all effort from Hayne. Eels put on a set play, getting it to Hayne who dummies, spins and uses his strength to score! Burt makes it two for two for the evening.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 20-12
46 min: Has Pomeroy replaced his shoulder with cement tonight, second big hit he's put on. This time, it was on Fui Fui.
47 min: Flashback to Origin 1, with Todd Carney failing to find touch after a penalty for being taken out.
48 min: Vintage Sandow, chips for himself but has no support, so grubbers again. Wright position for Matthew to recover the ball for the Sharks.
52 min: These kind of penalties are gold, late tackle count call. Parramatta on the attack.
53 min: Another penalty to Parramatta, strip by Bukuya.
54 min: Hot potato by the Eels on last, leaves it to Luke Burt to roll it in for the repeat.
56 min: TRY
Wow. A quick play the ball from Allgood, got momentum for Hayne to throw a lovely cut-out pass to Luke Burt who tip toes to score. Burt converts his own try to reduce the gap to two.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 20-18
58 min: Ben Roberts did everything right until he had to hold onto the ball. Sharks ball.
59 min: The word penalty didn't escape the commentators mouth before the referee blew the whistle. Eels just compounding the knock on with more grief.
63 min: Both teams have slipped into the arm wrestle, first mistake will be critical.
64 min: Eels lose their direction on last and Morgan is put into touch.
68 min: Penalty Sharks for the Eels batting the ball down. Hayne is getting a warning for his conduct as well.
69 min: Sharks goes close but they're held up!
VIDEO REFEREE: Checking if Best has knocked on.
69 min: NO TRY! Colin Best could smell the tryline but he's lost it!
71 min: TRY
Quick play the ball, Hindmarsh offloads to Morgan who breaks through and draws the fullback, at the right time for Luke Burt to score. Burt eight metres in from the sideline, misses.
Parramatta Eels 22-20
74 min: TRY Media Mantarays
Short side play from the Eels, finds Hayne who gets it to Sio who throws it inside for Hayne who improves the position and gives a rare glimpse of the Hayne Plane. Burt from an easier position, converts.
Parramatta Eels 28-20
76 min: Six more for the Eels from a chargedown.
76 min: Keating to the charging Moi Moi.. HELD UP!
77 min: Early kick is defused by the Sharks and they need to go long and quickly.
77 min: He wasn't at his Best then, a knock on from Colin and the hope dwindles for the Sharks.
78 min: FIELD GOAL
Field goal! Sanow slots it and Parramatta are on the same scoreline, as the win in round four vs Manly.
Parramatta Eels 29-20
80 min: Eels defend one more set and there is the ballgame. Parramatta have their second win of the 2012 campaign.