The poor old Sharks couldn't take a trick as the Eels had an answer to everything they threw at them. Each time the Shark got within 10 points the Eels just put their foot down and powered away.
It was almost rope a dope stuff at times as the Sharks looked like scoring only for them to end up kicking off back to a wall of blue and gold.
Hayne and Sandow were brilliant, especially the little half's kicking game and darting runs into holes, while young Hopoate showed flashes of brilliance even Hayne would admire towards the end of that entertaining match.
There were few standouts for Sharks apart from Gordon and Gallen who fought to the bitter end as always. All eyes will be in Fifita's ankle but you'd have to think he'll be out for a couple of weeks at least while Tupou could be looking at a week for that back slam, which they called a head slam, on Ma'u, who was more winded than anything.
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80 min: The Eels get it back and Wrecking Paulo bashes it up the middle. Sandow kicks early and Gordon fields it and goes for another gallop.
There's a falcon off Morris and the Sharks get the scraps and push into the Eels' half
There's a penalty and a few handbags and Hayne has been sin binned for the last few seconds.
This is getting silly. The Eels don't want to let the Sharks take a tap.
Graham gets within 3m but the story of their night as the siren goes.
Sandow curls this conversion wide but it doesn't come back enough.
76 min: The Sharks attack and Ayshford gets through a hole but pops a pass to no one and it's spilled only for the Hayne Plane to pick up the crumbs and streaks away untouched some 70m to score.
74 min: That was a helter skelter passage of play from end to end but again the Eels come out on top.
Hopoate pulls off another incredible catch and flick pass to Sio as Sandow and Hayne combine again.
Then they switch back the other through yet another pinpoint Sandow kick as Radrada wraps Feki up in goal.
Sandow flirts too closely with the upright this time and it bounces out.
71 min: The Sharks are back to within 10 points with just over 10 to go. Gordon makes another break but is collared by Pauli Pauli who knocks the ball out with his legs but the Sharks regather - no knock on - and hit deep into the the Eels half but the grubber is cleaned up by the Eels.
Sandow bursts up the middle but Gordon tackles him around his laces - a real old-fashioned try saver with no one in support for either player.
TRY! Sio dives in the corner from Sandow kick to the corner that Hopoate catches in and releases in mid-air in almost one motion for the winger to score. Wow.
68 min: Penalty to the Sharks for laying on the tackled man and Gallen is still chipping away at the ref.
TRY Sharks! Gordon gets an inside ball from Lewis and slips inside Hayne to score.
Gordon converts his try from in front.
66 min: Ma'u has gone off as the Eels attack up the middle but Norman throws a pass to no one and there'll be a Sharks scrum in their own half. Eels 34-18
65 min: Ma'u gets backslammed in a half-lifting tackle and is hurt. The bigger they are ...
Penalty and Tupou is on report for head slam.
Gal's having a whinge. He's been hit with an elbow and dropped on his head, he says.
That was cruel just as the Sharks looked like scoring. How quickly the pendulum swings.
Sandow strikes another round-the-corner rocket and it flirts with the upright but fades away as if toying with it.
62 min: TRY Eels! Intercept by Willie Tonga as the Sharks spin it wide and he canters the length of the field from the 10m line to score. Heartbreaker for the Sharks. Eels 32-18
62 min: Hayne again is under the bomb under huge pressure but safe as a bank. The Sharks are again showing more steel in defence to pin the Eels in their half.
Gordon field the kick and sets off almost strolling through a gap in the on rushing Eels line. Eels 28-18
60 min: Sandow gets sacked by Gallen on the last before he can kick and blows up deluxe at the ref, claiming offside. No dice. Eels 28-18
59 min: It's a 10-point game as we enter the last quarter with the Sharks back in the Eels' half in attack. They kick to the wrong man Hayne, who goes on a run beating one and almost two tackles, and now the Sharks must regroup after a good spell. Eels 28-18
56 min: It might fire them up. They swarm in defence but Lussick gets an offload away but the Sharks are able to regroup. Then the Eels spill it and the Sharks get it back. Are we wtinessing a slight momentum swing perhaps? And they get six more 20m out.
TRY! Gallen pops up hail mary as he falls backwardsa ina tackle and De Gois just about hurdles him to catch it and score.
The replays seem inconclusive and ... NO TRY!
The video ref says his hand came off the ball. You gotta feel for the Sharks. What have they got to do to score.
54 min: TRY Sharks! Robson offloads to Graham, who jinks and twists and ducks and dives and slides and goes over. Great work by Robson almost on the ground. Graham beat about four men but there's a query on the grounding - did he lose it, rolling over the top of. Surely not ...
It's gone upstairs ...
53 min: Graham just manages to stay in play as the Sharks attack deep in Eels territory but it comes to nought as Radrada scoops up the grubber and makes it out of the in-goal. Eels 28-12
51 min: Wrecking Paulo bashes up the middle as another Blue and Gold wave hits the Sharks.
The bomb is a bit deep and easily fielded by Gordon so the Sharks geta feel of the football. That's the rubbery egg-shaped thing.
Sandow again fades it in and out from the sideline to rack up more points. Amazing.
48 min: Paulo loses it in the tackle and the Eels get a penalty for the strip 10m out.
They go wide through hands and Hayne finds Hopoate who strolls over. Too easy.
But ... they've gone upstairs for the grounding which couldn't more emphatic. Sigh.
47 min: Sandow chips into the corner and Feki mops up but is collared in-goal by two Eels on the chase.
The Eels get a drop-out which drops very short and the Sharks almost get it back - not by design.
45 min: A couple of flat passes from the Eels there but they get away with it.
The Eels kick on the last and Gordon field it easily and gains a few metres.
The Sharks spill an attempted cutout pass and the Eels get a chance to burst out of their half.
43 min: Feki makes a burst, tiptoeing down the line but can only pass it to the crowd as he's bundled into touch. Eels 22-12
42 min: The Sharks get a crack at the Eels and Tupou offloads and they get to the 20m but Robson kicks too deep and it's an easy take under no pressure at all.
A rare error from Sandow as he fluffs catching a pass just behind him. Here come the Sharks again but they'll want to make better use of the six this time. Eels 22-12
40 min: Here we go for the second half. Gordon kicks high to the corner and Sandow takes it and offloads to Junior Paulo. I'd hate to run into Senior.
Recovering: Todd Carney of the Sharks looks to have recovered from his bleaching. Photo: Matt King
Phew! That was some half of football. After the Sharks took a shock lead, the Eels really turned on the champagne football, led by Hayne and Sandow. Hayne's pace and power never ceases to amaze for a guy that doesn't look that big but he's just about unstopped once he gets a head of steam.
The Sharks are obviously missing Todd Carney and Andrew Fifita but they hardly touched the ball but to knock it down towards the end of that half. It would take more than those two to stop the Eels in this mood.
Carney is out after a serious grooming accident ...
Lightbulb moment: Todd Carney will be missed by the Sharks. Photo: Brendon Thorne
40 min: The Sharks get a touch but only get one tackle before the siren goes for half-time.
38 min: Then Gordon is pinged for a flattish pass called forward and the Eels get it straight back.
Sandow chips across for Sio but it's cut out by Gordon but he loses it in the tackle trying to avoid going out.
The Eels spread it wide and there's almost an intercept but it's knocked down so it'll only be scrum to the Eels.
The flying Hoppa goes close in the opposite corner again but is rolled into touch.
36 min: Sandow almost puts Ma'u through a hole but he is ankle tapped when he looked away.
Then Hoppa's last ball to Sio strays forward on the end of another flowing back line move. The Eels backs are something to behold when they're in full flight.
34 min: The Eels bomb and the Sharks let it bounce and Radrada comes with it and almost breaks through the line but the Sharks get the handover. A big let-off as they Eels look to run riot. Eels 22-12
34 min: Oh no now it's Gallen down, floored by an elbow or forearm by Allgood trying to make a tackle. That hurt but he's sitting up now. No report but Gal's OK.
Sandow fades it in and out from wide out and it sneaks just inside the post. How did he do that?
31 min: Alarm bells for the Blues: Fifita is on crutches with a high ankle strain and Paulo is on.
They kick a 40-20 and Hoppa tries to tap and run into an open goal but is pulled back. Then he goes again and the same thing.
TRY! Sio crashes over with Sandow again instrumental with along cut-out pass and the winger does the rest after they had hammered away at the line.
But Hoppa could have scored twice in the lead-up.
Hayne had almost dragged three or four Sharks over the line but next tackle the little guy started and finished the move gathering his own chip, and no more than he deserved as he has been one of their best along with Hayne.
Sandow puts it straight through the middle as the Eels regain the lead.
28 min: That looked harsh but might only delay the inevitable.
Here they come again and Sandow pounces on a chip and crashes over.
TRY! Eels 14-12
Still looking, looking, looking ...
Amazing if it's try. He had four Sharks on him.
It's a NO TRY! Sharks 12-10
27 min: Sandow goes on a run and almost darts over. Then Hopoate goes short and crashes over but they're going upstairs. NO TRY ruling. He looks short rolling over trying to ground it but it could be a try. Sharks 12-10
26 min: Another knock down this time by Morris and we have another Eels scrum a few mteres out. That would be a penalty in Rara but what do they know. Sharks 12-10
25 min: Eels scrum 10m out and Hayne almost carries half the Sharks over. They hammer away at the Sharks line, then go wide. Sandow has the ball knocked out as he passes and they get six more. Sharks 12-10
23 min: Game on! Here coem the Eels and Ma'u almost loses it in the second tackle, driven back, but manages to hang on.
Sandow gets flattened as he bombs away and Gordon bombs the take! Sharks 12-10
21 min: The Sharks kick on the last goes dead and the Eels hit it up through Semi-Trailer Radrada. Boom. I felt that.
TRY! Tonga makes a bust up the line and finds that man Hayne inside and helps past what looks like the entire Sharks team once or twice - I lost count - and crashes over beside the posts. Amazing.
Sharks 12-8 kick to come ...
17 min: Fifita is in everything, popping passes and making half breaks.
TRY! Robson lays on a cross on the toe of Wade Graham who chips over the defence and we have a soccer try by the sky blues! How fitting. I've seen it all.
Gordon adds the extras. Sharks 12-4
16 min: Leutele gets crunched on the end of a hospital pass but the Sharks end with six more tackles. Then they geta penalty for offside out wide but well in striking distance. They tap and go.
Fifita goes close to the goalpost but has hurt himself, the big fella. He's OK. Hope the post is as well.
15 min: Here come the Eels but they lose it just as they were in sight of the line and the Sharks get off the hook. Comedy of errors at the moment. Sharks 6-4
13 min: The Sharks' big boppers struggle to make inroads up the middle but the get a penalty for a strip. But Robson misses touch with the kick! He's having shocker so far. Sharks 6-4
12 min: Hayne takes a freakish catch from a bomb diving backwards 1m from his line.
Peats attempts a 40-20 but just misses. Sharks 6-4
11 min: Another offload this time from Fifita as the Sharks break opt of their half from the kick-off. Sharks 6-4
Gordon kicks a beauty from the sideline and the Sharks have the lead against the run of play.
7 min: Norman knocks it on in midfield as the Eels looked to build again, giving the Sharks some relief but can they hang on to it for a full set. Gallen gets an offload away but the runner is wrapped up.
TRY! They go wide on the other flank and Gordon finds Feki on the line and he is able to wriggle inside and roll over to ground it.
4-4 kick to come ...
6 min: Hayne pressures Gordon from a high kick and the Shark spills it back but they're able to clean up but the Eels are right in their faces at every turn. Eels 4-0
3 min: TRY! The Eels go wide to the left again. Hayne throw s a cutout to Tonga and he finds Radrada steaming through like a semi-trailer to crash over. Eels 4-0
2 min: The Eeels get it and have a great opportunity for early points. They go wide and Willie Tonga is ... bundled into touch! Great reply from the Sharks to get themselves out of tight corner. 0-0
1 min: Here we go. The Eels kick off and Robson knocks on in goal for a drop out. Not a great start. 0-0
Applause for the late Johnny Mannah as the game also mourns the passing of the great Reg Gasnier, who wouldhave turned 75 today.
Good evening. Shane Brady here with you for the return of MNF.
Both teams are languishing in the bottom half of the table but the Eels have hit some form with three straight wins and must be favoured at home against the Sharks.
Buit MNF has thrown up some crazy games ans results lately with no end of controversy so who knows.
Here come the teams now ..
Michael Chammas’ preview: Parramatta have not lost a game at Pirtek Stadium this year. There are question marks over the fitness of Jarryd Hayne and Nathan Peats, but as the Sharks will be without Todd Carney, the Eels should be able to topple Cronulla on home soil. Luke Lewis will play his first game of the year at five-eighth.
Tip: Eels by 10
Referees: Adam Devcich, Alan Shortall
TV: Live, Fox Sports
Head to head: Sharks 41, Eels 37
Last time: Sharks 32 bt Eels 14 at Parramatta Stadium (round 14, 2013)
Odds: Eels $1.67, Sharks $2.25