Parramatta topple the Gold Coast with a bit of Jarryd magic

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.

Match Details
Gold Coast Titans 18 Parramatta Eels 24
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium
Crowd: 14175
Halftime Score: Gold Coast Titans 8 Parramatta Eels 6 Players of the Match:
3 points - Jarryd Hayne
2 points - Chris Sandow
1 point - Nate Myles

Tries: Dave Taylor, Anthony Don, James Roberts
Conversions: Kevin Gordon (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Kevin Gordon (1/1)

Tries: Ken Sio, Jarryd Hayne (2), Corey Norman
Conversions: Chris Sandow (4/4) Live Commentary

The Titans and the visiting Eels come in to this crucial round 20 match in similar circumstances. Both clubs are on 20 points but find themselves outside the top eight after a promising start to the season, and both have been hit hard with injuries. Gold Coast are coming off a good win against the Knights while Parramatta are trying to put a halt to their four match losing streak. The winner of this match will keep its finals hopes alive while the loser may have to start making plans for next year. In team changes Tom Kingston drops off the Titans' extended bench and for the Eels Tonga, Toutai and Terepo are out and replaced by Hopoate, Sio and Mannah. Junior Paulo will start from the bench.

Teams about to run out onto CBUS Super Stadium

1: Shayne Hayne blows the whistle and we have kick off

3: Good kick chase from Sandow. Titans having to ruck it out from their end

5: Penalty to Gold Coast. Parramatta offside. Titans on the attack 40m out

Scored by Dave Taylor. Kick to come.

Dave Taylor goes through a massive hole in Parramatta's right side defence

Conversion attempt by Kevin Gordon successful.

Titans lead 6 - 0

9: Sandow kicks ahead for Hayne near the try line. Hayne couldnt grab hold of it. Titans with the ball

10: The Eels are now attacking 15m from the Titans' line

11: James Roberts caught in goal. Line drop out

12: PENALTY to the Eels. Sandow finds the line 20m out

14: Scrum feed to Parra 10m out. Faifai Loa pushed into touch after catching a kick from Sandow.

14: PENALTY to Parra in front of the posts. Tap taken.

16: Error by the Eels. Titans survive the attacking pressure

18: PENALTY to Parramatta

Scored by Ken Sio. Kick to come.

Welcome back Kenny. Dave Taylor runs to the wrong man and a good pass from Sandow to find Sio

Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.

Good kick 6 - 6

22: Ball handling has been good from both sides considering the wet surface

23: One big bopper replaces another - Junior Paulo on for Moimoi

27: Error - Greg Bird hammers Moeroa - the Keanu Reeves & Nathan Hindmarsh love child. Titans with the ball 10m from the try line

28: Cody Nelson on for Minichiello

29: PENALTY. Eels on the attack just inside the Titans half. Can they produce something with this possession?

31: Shayne Hayne has called for the video ref. His verdict is no try - Parra knock on in the lead up. Decision pending.

31: NO TRY. Score remains 6 - 6

33: Error. The Semi trailer was in for sure but he couldn't hand on to a good pass from Edwards
6 - 6

35: Another attempt from Sandow at 40/20 but it didnt find the line. He has the most 40/20's this season so it was worth a try

36: Video ref called. Checking if Faifai Loa is help up. Decision Pending

37: NO TRY. Held up. Titans 10m out with 2 tackles up their sleevde

39: The Titans have been attacking the Eels right hand defence. They couldn't score a try but they did get a penalty. Kevin Gordon to take a shot at goal

Penalty goal attempt by Kevin Gordon successful.

Kev nails it and 8 - 6 with 1 minute until half-time

40: One final push by Parramatta to score just before half-time has been thwarted by the Titans. The score will remain 8 point to 6 in favour of the Gold Coast

40: Both sides have hit the sheds. This has been a tight match. Not many errors from both sides - either they know their season is on the line or they are afraid of getting roundhouse kicked, Jackie Chan style, by their coaches at half time. The battle will continue in around 10 minutes

40: Team are on the field for the second half

40: Second half underway. Needless to say this half of footy is crucial for both teams

45: Parramatta were away down their left side. Morgan got through a gap and threw a pass back inside behind Hayne. Try blown. 8 - 6 to the Titans who have the scrum feed near their line

45: Takairangi now with a mistake. The Eels are on the attack 15m out

47: Hopoate looked dangerously close to scoring but Dave Taylor's big duke knocked the ball out. Loose carry. Titans scrum feed

49: Ioane bursts through bad defence, gets tackled in a good head on tackle by Hayne and makes a mistake in the PTB. A mistake riddled start for both sides in the 2nd half. Still 8 - 6

Scored by Anthony Don. Kick to come.

Daniel Mortimer with a well placed kick into the corner which Anthony Don is first to. Semi Radradra couldn't turn around fast enough. Don with his 6th try of the season

Conversion attempt by Kevin Gordon unsuccessful.

Difficult attempt for Gordon. Ball goes across the face. GLD 12 - PAR 6

Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Kick to come.

TRY TRY TRY. Jarryd Hayne. This will be on the highlight reels. From his own 30m - he busts the line, come to Gordon and stands him up. In the corner he goes

Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.

Scores level at CBUS after a great kick from Chrissy boy from 2mm inside the touch line 12- 12

60: GLD with a drop out. Parramatta with all the running at the moment.... until Tim Mannah dropped the ball cold

61: PENALTY to PAR. Obstruction. Can't we go back to calling it a shepherd?

62: That man again, Hayne, is over. Video ref called for, though. Possible obstruction

Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Kick to come.

TRY. No issues at all. Great lead up. Hayne goes over for his second next to the posts.

Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.

Sandow with an easy kick and he makes no mistake. The Eels lead 18 - 12

69: PAR have taken it from their own end to the Titans line courtesy of another Hayne run. An attacking kick into the in goal was taken over the dead ball line by the Titans. Line drop out

Scored by Corey Norman. Kick to come.

Sandow with a good kick that Corey Norman accepts from a Daniel Mortimer fumble. Try under the posts

Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.

Gift for Sandow. PAR 24 - GLD 12

76: GLD have the ball inside PAR's half

77: PAR with the ball. A field goal could be on the cards here

77: Time out. Ben Smith lying on the ground with a nose bleed, He'll live. Time back on. GLD with the ball 1m out from their line

77: Score still 24 - 12 in favour of the Eels

Scored by James Roberts. Kick to come.

Last minute of the match. The Road Runner, James Roberts gets around Semi from 50m out and scores untouched

Conversion attempt by Kevin Gordon successful.

No problems from in front. Time has been called off. Titans will have 1 tackle from the restart PAR 24 - GLD 18

80: That's FULL TIME. Parramatta has come away with a hard fought victory over Gold Coast 24 - 18