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Hayne fuels Parramatta comeback

Parramatta's Jarryd Hayne scored one brilliant try and had a hand in four others as the Eels came back from 22-0 to run down Penrith in a 34-28 thriller.

Parramatta's Jarryd Hayne scored one brilliant try and had a hand in four others as the Eels came back from 22-0 to run down Penrith in a 34-28 NRL thriller yesterday. Hot on the heels of his three-try effort against North Queensland last Monday, it was Hayne who inspired the Eels to equal their best comeback, running in six tries after the Panthers had scored the first four. Anthony Watmough helped himself to a first-half hat-trick of tries as Manly emerged out of their form slump with a 48-18 NRL win over an awful Cronulla side at Toyota Stadium.

Beaten in four of their last five games, Manly stormed to a 36-0 halftime lead yesterday, scoring seven tries before the break. The victory lifted the Sea Eagles back into the top eight and shattered any faint finals aspirations the Sharks possessed. The Warriors extended their winning streak to five games and inflicted further pain on the troubled MelbourneStorm with a hard-fought 13-6 NRL win at Mt Smart Stadium.

It was a case of history repeating itself for the Warriors, who faced the Storm after a week of salary cap dramas. In similar circumstances in April, when the scandal broke, they hammered them 40-6. "We can say that it doesn't affect us, but it does affect us," Craig Bellamy, the Storm coach, said after the match. In the Super League, Warrington kept the race for top spot in Engage Super League alive with a dramatic 23-16 win over Wigan on Friday night.

The Wolves were ready to concede the League Leaders' Shield had they lost, but they underlined their title credentials by coming from behind to topple the leaders and close the gap on them to just two points with five matches left of the regular season. "We always knew we could beat those teams. This shows we can," Richie Myler, the scrum-half, said. * Agencies