Jarryd Hayne scored his 100th NRL try as Parramatta notched a thrilling come-from-behind 18-10 win over Canberra in Darwin on Saturday night.
Hayne scorched across the TIO Stadium turf in the 72nd minute off a David Gower pass and raced 50m to touch down and put the Eels en route to their third successive win.
The superstar fullback joins Luke Burt (124) and Brett Kenny (110) as the third Eel to notch three figures in four pointers.
Hayne’s try completed a double for the Eels co-captain after his 22th minute effort, and pulled the home side level at 10-all after a gusty Raiders side had led 10-6 at halftime and stoically defended their way through much of the second half.
The Raiders had Bureta Faraimo and Chris Sandow held up and tries to Tim Mannah and Hayne turned down by the video referees before the NSW No.1’s match turner.
Sandow landed a difficult conversion of Hayne’s second try from out wide to put the Eels ahead 12-10 for the first time in the match and a converted try to Tepai Moeroa sealed the win three minutes later.
“It’s great to win like that, we didn’t give up,” Hayne told host broadcaster Fox Sports post-game.
“I’m not really concerned about how I am going, I just want to win games for the team.”
The win pushes the Eels into the top eight to keeps their finals hopes well and truly alive.
The result was a tough one for the Raiders who bounced back strongly from their woeful 54-18 loss to the Warriors.
With Edrick Lee and Jack Wighton back, Canberra opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Bill Tupou crossed on their white flank courtesy of a nice ball from Josh McCrone.
In a first half arm-wrestle Lee was instrumental in Jarrod Croker’s 17th minute try when he handed back a McCrone kick for the Raiders to lead 10-0.
Semi Radradra then bullocked his way down Parramatta’s left side before dishing off to Hayne who ran 20m to open the Eels account in the humid conditions before 9,527 fans.
In his first game since 2008, Raiders fullback Jordan Rapana had a mixed night at the back and Anthony Milford was likewise at five-eighth for the Raiders who sit at the foot of the NRL ladder, ahead of just Cronulla on for and against.
Eels forward Junior Paulo was put on report for a dangerous tackle on Brett White in the 67th minute.