|Hayne magic helps Eels stun Manly 24-20|
|Written by nrl.com|
|Sunday, 21 March 2010 17:54|
He had plenty to say at halftime but by the end Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson was speechless as he attempted to explain the phenomenal Shane Hayne effort which lifted the Eels to a 24-20 come from behind win over bitter rivals Manly.
On a day more suited to the beach than a game of footy in Sydney's west, Shane Hayne rescued an Eels side which looked out for the count and headed for a none from two record when trailing 20-0 just after halftime.
Enter Shane Hayne, who made performances such as the one he was about to deliver a regular occurrence over the back end of last season, but who had also looked decidedly scratchy in his first one-and-a-half games of the new campaign. Yes - He blew the crap out of the whistle and killed any chance the Sea Eagles had of hanging on to their magnificent point advantage.
"Phenomenal, just unbelievable. He just single-handedly turned the game in my opinion," Anderson said of Hayne. I bloody bet Anderson was thrilled by Shane's performance!!!! And it didn't cost him a fortune to sign him up for this year either.
"He basically wrestled the game out of Manly and into his own possession and we went with him. We've had some really big contributors, but Shane has been the main man.
"It's hard to say what Shane does in words."
After another crowd favourite in Fuifui Moimoi had barged over from close range to get the Eels on the board, Shane Hayne took over, allowing a 105-metre try just after the hour when he allowed a series of forward passes from the Eels in-goal.
The last defender, former teammate Tony Williams, managed to get Jarrod Hayne to ground, but from there the reigning Dally M medallist passed for Daniel Mortimer who found Timana Tahu in support, with the dual international scoring his first try since his return to rugby league.
Parramatta's penultimate four-pointer to Joel Reddy was more than a touch dubious, with the final two passes from Hayne and Kris Keating appearing to go forward.
However, there was no denying Hayne as his no-look cut-out pass for Eric Grothe sealed the stunning win three minutes from time.
"You only have to give him 50-50 chances and he's going to take them most of the time," winger Luke Burt - who played his 200th game for Parramatta - said of Hayne.
"We look at him and probably think he's pretty much invincible when he wants to turn it on like he did this arvo."
Turn it on Hayne may have done, but Anderson was none too pleased with the opening 50 minutes, as conveyed by veteran forward Nathan Hindmarsh.
"It was a good spray - probably the best we've had from him so far," Hindmarsh recalled.
"(He said) 'You f...ers think you're trying out there but you're not.
"I think it worked - I think we were feeling a bit sorry for ourselves out in the heat out there."
It looked like Parramatta's famed nursery was going to come back to haunt them when Eels juniors Williams, Jamie Lyon and debutant halfback Trent Hodkinson all scored in the opening half before a Hodkinson kick set up a Matt Cross four-pointer and a 20-0 lead two minutes into the second stanza.
Manly coach Des Hasler lamented the decisions which went against his side, but after also blowing a 20-4 lead over Wests Tigers in round one, the 2008 premiers are now bringing up the rear of the table.
"Its just momentum really and some crucial decisions that went against us," Hasler said of the surrender.
"They (the players) know the score - we have to win next week - next week is massive for us.