Sport Rugby League Hayne the main man as Eels thump Sharks

Hayne the main man as Eels thump Sharks

Jarryd Hayne
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Superstar fullback Jarryd Hayne has inspired Parramatta to an 32-12 win over Cronulla at Remondis Stadium to keep their NRL top eight hopes alive.

Hayne scored two tries, had a hand in two others, ran for 300-plus metres, made two line breaks and six tackle breaks in a standout effort.

The Eels controlled most of the match and, just as the Sharks reduced the deficit to eight points late in the second half, Hayne went the length of the field to score and seal the result.

In front of 12,798 fans, Sharks prop Andrew Fifita continued his push for an Australian recall, topping the tackle count (38) and hit-ups (21).

The Eels went into round 21 sitting 12th and temporarily jumped into the eight with the victory.

The Eels almost scored off the kick-off but were denied by the video referee, however they were able to get on the board only two minutes later when Hayne sliced through and did it all himself.

Hayne was again in the action six minutes later when the NSW No.1 drew his outside man and put Ryan Morgan through a hole to set up Semi Radradra.

Rookie Sharks winger Valentine Holmes scythed through the line to put the Eels on the back foot and, the next play, Fa’amanu Brown crossed to reduce Parramatta’s lead to 10-6 at the break.

When Eels back-rower Peni Terepo went over for his first try of the year, he pushed the buffer out to 10.

Hayne was again the orchestrator, combining with Corey Norman, to put debutant winger Bureta Faraimo over in the corner to make it 20-6 with 22 minutes to play.

The Sharks began to surge and Holmes, who was outstanding in his debut, made a break down the left edge to put Jeff Robson over to get the home side within striking distance.

But just when the Sharks were creeping back into the contest, Hayne put the game to bed when he picked up a lose ball and ran 90 metres.

Faraimo scored his double in the 75th minute to ensure a memorable debut and put the cherry on the cake.

Chris Sandow and Junior Paulo were placed on report for separate tackles on Cronulla fullback Michael Gordon.