Jarryd Hayne try inspires Parramatta to victory
His Australian teammate Nate Myles labelled him a "f---ing arrogant p***k" but Jarryd Hayne had the last laugh as he scored one of the individual tries of the season.
Gold Coast co-captain Myles made the comment about Hayne to referee Adam Gee during a first-half break in play in an often-heated 24-18 win by Parramatta at CBUS Super Stadium. Having spent the previous evening in a hotel to mimic their away-from-home routine, John Cartwright's Titans grabbed 12-6 lead with a try to winger Anthony Donn off Daniel Mortimer's kick 10 minutes into the second half.
Then Hayne proved than any arrogance his possesses is well justified. Taking the ball 70 metres out in the 54th minute, he glided between the defence, outflanked the cover and stepped opposition fullback Kevin Gordon for a top-shelf touchdown.
After in-form Chris Sandow tied the scores with his conversion, the halfback sent a short pass in broken play for the Hayne Plane to score again seven minutes later. When Chris Sandow's kick evaded Daniel Mortimer in the home in-goal at 69 minutes, Parramatta five-eighth Corey Norman was on hand to dot down. Sandow's conversion pretty much assured Parramatta of a win which would mark the first time they have come back from a halftime deficit since 2010.
Having downed Newcastle away last Sunday, the Titans looked in a good position to beat their home hoodoo of six consecutive defeats until Hayne exploded.
Centre James Roberts scored with less than a minute remaining to make the scoreline line more respectable for the home side
Earlier, Hayne had an extended argument with namesake, referee Shayne, as the teams left the field with the Titans leading by two at half-time.
Hayne had engaged in a running battle with Myles throughout the first half, the Queenslander making the disparaging statement that was clearly audible over Gee's microphone.
The other Titans captain, Greg Bird, had also repeatedly complained about opposition tactics and refereeing decisions during the first half.
The Titans opened the scoring in the fifth minute when giant centre Dave Taylor crashed over off a flat Brad Taikairangi pass and Kevin Gordon converted for 6-0.
Sandow's overhead pass 14 minutes later found Gold Coast winger Kalifa FaiFai Loa too far infield and Eels flanker Ken Sio scooted over for a try that tied the scores until two minutes short of the break.
The Eels had a touchdown disallowed at the half hour mark, centre Ryan Morgan flying high in pursuit of a kick but failing to control possession on the way down. Faifai Loa was brilliantly held up six minutes before halftime after appearing certain to score, Eels centre William Hopoate the hero.
Hopoate made an unannounced return from a shoulder injury, forcing Willie Tonga out of coach Brad Arthur's squad. His performance would have impressed coach Arthur.
Fans were hit with a torrential downpour immediately before kick-off but the roll-up was relatively healthy in a year of somewhat disappointing attendances on the tourist strip.
Parramatta's run home involves a host of games against teams below them, while the Titans finals prospects are looking very grim indeed.
Parramatta Eels 24 (J Hayne 2 C Norman K Sio tries C Sandow 4 goals) Gold Coast Titans 18 (A Don J Roberts D Taylor tries K Gordon 2 A Don goals) at Cbus Super Stadium. Referee: Shayne Hayne, Adam Gee. Crowd: 14,175
Sydney Morning Herald