Jarryd Hayne’s fourth try-scoring double in nine games has lifted Parramatta to a 24-18 NRL win over Gold Coast.
The Eels on Saturday appeared to be heading towards a fifth straight loss before their superstar fullback scored two tries in seven minutes to turn around the match.
The defeat is the Titans’ seventh straight at home and leaves them in real danger of missing out on the finals for a fourth consecutive season.
The desperate hosts made a perfect start when makeshift centre Dave Taylor crashed over after five minutes.
A Kevin Gordon penalty late in the half ensured Gold Coast went into the break leading by two after Ken Sio had levelled for the Eels.
The Eels, who hadn’t won on the road since 2010 when trailing at halftime, fell further behind when Daniel Mortimer’s pinpoint kick early in the second term allowed Anthony Don to score.
The game turned, however, when Hayne fended off NSW State of Origin teammate Greg Bird and sprinted 70m to level the scores.
Minutes later, the fullback ran onto a Chris Sandow pass to charge over and give the Eels the lead for the first time with 20 minutes to play.
Sandow, who had a hand in three Eels tries, then grubbered a kick with 11 to go which Mortimer spilled for Corey Norman to gleefully dive onto and seal a crucial win.
A late breakaway by James Roberts gave the Titans hope but time ran out for John Cartwright’s men.
The Titans head north next weekend to take on North Queensland while Parramatta are away to Cronulla.