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The Pirtek Parramatta Eels got on the board early in front of a 12047 crowd at Skilled Park.

Despite being interstate, Parramatta was right at home with thousands of blue and gold members and fans cheering for them away from home. The Eels notched up first points thanks to the boot of Chris Sandow, his chance coming off a penalty. The Titans Nate Myles pulled up for a late tackle on Luke Kelly.

The Gold Coast hit back shifting the play from left to right and Titans Winger Anthony Don scooted down the sideline on debut to open the scoring. Beau Henry added the extras leaving the Eels to play catch up footy.

A lack of discipline continued to hinder the visitors campaign, giving the Titans some decent field position. But they failed to capitalise. A penalty in the 20th minute did see the Gold Coast add another two to the score-line, but the Blue and Gold regrouped.

Darcy Lussicks injection proved a winner, his sensational off load found a raging Reni Maitua and the second phase play ended up chalking up a personal milestone for Jarryd Hayne. Maituas right hand fend was certainly one for the show reel and his little kick proved timely with Hayne lapping it up and scoring his 79th career try straight under the post.

The try saw Hayne surpass Eric Grothe senior and Ray Prices scoring record. He is now the fourth highest try scorer in the clubs history.

Parramattas next chance came from a Kevin Gordon fumble, 10 metres out from the Eels line. Chris Sandows short pass found Centre Ryan Morgan and the classy centre shot straight for the line. Sandows conversion had the Eels sitting pretty heading into the second half 16-8.

The Eels capitalised on some very ordinary play from the Titans in the second half. Jarryd Hayne continued to impress, bringing up his 80th career try off the back of a Luke Kelly bomb. The Gold Coast threw everything they had at the Eels, and the visitors held them out for as long as they could.

Mitchell Allgood and Jarryd Haynes combined effort kept Greg Bird just inches out, but the last play proved costly, a reverse pass allowed Ashley Harrison to sneak a quick try in. Beau Henry narrowed the gap with his conversion but Parramatta remained in front 22-14.

Eels fans were given a scare as the Titans lit up the sideline compliments of a Jamal Idris dash across the field. Anthony Don couldnt complete the task at hand thanks to Haynes magnificent defence. A bit hit from Fui Fui Moi Moi pleased the crowd but the man in the middle saw it differently and gifted the Titans another chance to find the line.

Titans interchange forward Mark Minichiello took that honour finding space and levelled the game 22 all with 12 minutes to go. The closing stages were heart wrenching for the Eels, A lucky couple of bounces sure Albert Kelly score off his own bomb, the back to back tries handed the home side a 28 points to 22 win.

It was tough night for the Eels away from home. An 8-1 second half penalty count was also difficult to overcome.
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