Welcome to tonight's live coverage of the first Friday night fixture of the year. The Hayne train may be derailed but that doesn't mean Parramatta will crash against Brisbane.
Fulltime: Brisbane 18-6. Thanks for joining me for my blogging debut tonight and I look forward to your company throughout the season. Congratulations to the Broncos. Good evening.
79 min: Broncos centre Jack Reed denied a try after a forward pass from Darren Lockyer's successor, Corey Norman, who has had some nice touches tonight.
78 min: Eels pressing the Broncos' line, looking for a consolation try.
72 min: Ben Hannant scores from close range after a superb cut-out pass from hooker Andrew McCullough. Parker converts. Brisbane 18-6. Eels need a miracle now. Sandow has been off his game in the second half.
69 min: Eels muff a clearing kick, but Broncos knock on a few tackles later.
63 min: Eels awarded a much-needed penalty but look a little lost in the ensuing set of six.
59 min: Anything Sandow can do ... Peter Wallace regathers his own grubber kick and scores to put Brisbane ahead for the first time. Parker converts. Brisbane 12-6. Parra's Ben Roberts leaves the field injured. My money's on a Brisbane win now.
54 min: Broncos make a mess of the kick-off. Eels back on the attack but unable to capitalise.
52 min: Parra finally crack as Jharal Yow Yeh scores in the corner after Brisbane create an overlap on their right-hand side. Corey Parker converts from the sideline. 6-all. Game on, people.
51 min: Sio makes Parra's fourth handling error of the half. Brisbane look set to hit back.
49 min: Another Parra handling error. They're doing their best to invite Brisbane back into the match.
46 min: Fuifui Moimoi off for a spell.
45 min: Brisbane's Ben Hunt held up over the line, Eels hold on yet again.
43 min: Eels make a shaky start to the second half, knocking on twice in their first two sets.
Players return to the field for the second half.
Halftime: Eels 6-0 and I'm staring down the barrel of being 0/2 in the tipping. New season, same old result for this hapless tipster.
38 min: Eels concede penalty No.8.
35 min: Eels winger Ken Sio brilliantly defuses a bomb and then earns a penalty after taking a quick restart. What a talent he is.
30 min: Parra looking sharp but undoing some of their good work by conceding too many penalties.
27 min: What's doing with Shayne Hayne's moustache? It March not November, Shayne.
25 min: Parra deny Brisbane with some terrific try-saving tackles and regain possession.
23 min: Parra markers penalised again. Brisbane on the attack again but can they hold the pill?
21 min: Justin Poore replaces Allgood. Pinged for a forward pass, Brisbane seem to be missing the settling influence of retired great Darren Lockyer.
20 min: Brisbane earn a repeat set, attacking the Eels' line.
15 min: Some real sting in the Parramatta defence so far. Augurs well. Brisbane only 4/9 in completions.
13 min: Yet another Broncos handling error, and then to make things worse, they concede a penalty.
10 min: Sandow continues to trouble the Broncos. Looking like money well spent by the Eels.
8 min: Broncos back on the attack after receiving a penalty, but cough up the ball on the first tackle.
4 min: Big-money recruit Chris Sandow makes an instant impact for the Eels, regathering his own kick to score a try after a fumble by Gerard Beale. Luke Burt converts. Eels 6-0.
2 min: First handling error of the night by Parra's Mitchell Allgood. Broncos on the attack only 10m from the Eels' line.
Former Roosters Toyota Cup star Cheyse Blair is on debut tonight, as am I in the blogosphere. Hope he's as excited as I am. Bring on kick-off!
Team changes: Parramatta are 1-17, Jarryd Hayne won't be returning early from injury. Nick Slyney replaces Scott Anderson on the Brisbane bench. The rain has eased somewhat at Parramatta Stadium but after the deluge of the past few days, expect the match to be won up front rather than out wide.