Eels win boost hopes of avoiding NRL wooden spoon

Adrian Warren
Eels win boost hopes of avoiding NRL wooden spoon

Parramatta centre Jarryd Hayne featured in a game-tilting run against his former club as the Eels improved their chances of avoiding a third NRL wooden spoon in seven years with a 28-12 win over Gold Coast.

It was the fifth win of the season for the Eels, who scored just six points after halftime and had captain Tim Mannah sent to sin-bin with 13 minutes to go in Saturday's ANZ Stadium encounter.

Hayne, who finished 2016 at the Titans and spent 2017 there, didn't have much impact early on, gifting the Gold Coast a scrum feed 20 metres out from his own line after losing the ball.

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Parramatta improved their chances of avoiding the NRL wooden spoon with a 28-12 win over the Gold Coast Titans. Pic: Getty

But he worked his way into the game and played a big role in the Eels' decisive surge late in the first half, as they piled on 16 points in 10 minutes to lead 22-6 at halftime..

He showed great strength and footwork to brush off three defenders to score the Eels second try.

Hayne was instrumental in setting up a try for winger Bevan French, with the Eels other wide man George Jennings crossing after some slick passing from five-eighth Corey Norman and fullback Clint Gutherson..

The Titans squandered several great second-half opportunities either side of winger Anthony Don sprinting 90 metres for his second try after intercepting a Mitchell Moses pass.

Fullback Michael Gordon dropped the ball over the line and centre Konrad Hurrell lost the ball just short of the line.

Potential tries to Sami and captain Ryan James were rubbed out for forward passes and halfback AJ Brimson had a clear passage to the line but dropped a pass from Mitch Rein.

Gordon missed all three of his conversion attempts.

Mannah was sin binned for multiple ruck indiscretions but the only score that came while he was off was the clinching try from five-eighth Corey Norman who pounced on his own kick.

Mannah and lock Nathan Brown provided Parramatta plenty of go forward with their powerful running, while halves Norman and Moses impressed with their playmaking options.

Prop Mannah scored the first points when he smashed through three defenders to notch his first try in 31 games.