Tries: FA’AMANU BROWN (30M), JEFF ROBSON (66M)
Goals: MICHAEL GORDON 2/2
Tries: JARRYD HAYNE (2M), SEMI RADRADRA (10M), PENI TEREPO (45M), BURETA FARAMIO (58M), JARRYD HAYNE (71M), BURETA FARAMIO (76M)
Goals: CHRIS SANDOW 4/6
Jarryd Hayne was in scintillating form in his sides 32-12 victory over the Sharks on Saturday afternoon. Hayne played a key part in the Eels attack, setting up tries and scoring two of his own, one of which being an impressive 90m try in the closing stages of the match.
The Eels opened the scoring in the first minute of the match through none other than halfback Jarryd Hayne. Hayne showing enough pace to beat Cronulla fullback Michael Gordon and gift the Eels a 4-0 lead just moments into the match.
Hayne was in the thick of the action a short time later as his pinpoint short pass to Morgan set up Semi Radradra for the Eels second of the afternoon.
Cronulla youngster Valentine Holmes made his debut for the black , white and blue in this match and it was through his outstanding footwork and speed that the Sharks were able to hit back with a try of their own in the 29th minute. Some clever footwork from the young winger had the Eels on the back foot and through some brilliant ball playing from Andrew Fifita the Sharks capitalized through a try to Fa’amanu Brown.
Michael Gordon’s successful conversion saw the Sharks reduce a 10 point deficit to just 4 as they went into the break trailing the Eels 10-6.
The second half started just had the first had with the Eels scoring just minutes after the kickoff. Peni Terepo scoring to push the Eels back out to a 10 point lead.
Debutant Bureta Faraimo brought up the 30 point mark for the Eels in the 55th minute , scoring in his first game for Parramatta and kicking his team further away from the Sharks again.
Valentine Holmes looked like an experienced first grader as he set up veteran halfback Jeff Robson to score with 15 minutes of the match remaining. After a burst of speed down the sideline , Holmes’ well executed pass set up Robson to score the Sharks second try of the match.
A quick try to Cronulla gave them a glimmer of hope however the Hayne Plane took flight in the 70th minute, producing the match winning try for the Eels. Jarryd Hayne showing why he is one of the best fullbacks in the competition with a remarkable 90m solo runaway try.
Bureta Faraimo scored for the Eels late in the match to record a double in his first grade debut and put the icing on a classy 32-12 over the Sharks at Remondis Stadium.
The undeniable brilliance of Jarryd Hayne was displayed clearly in Parramatta’s victory over the Sharks and if the Eels are to go all the way in 2014 they will need more performances like that from their superstar fullback.