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Hindmarsh slams Ennis as Eels crumble

Steve Jancetic 15/04/2011 11:19:00 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta skipper Nathan Hindmarsh labelled Canterbury hooker Michael Ennis a grub and Eels superstar Jarryd Hayne was reported for a headbutt in a drama-charged 34-14 NRL win to the Bulldogs on Friday night.

While Canterbury fullback Ben Barba showed up his opposite with a blistering hattrick at ANZ Stadium, Hayne paid the full price for a moment of madness, headbutting Corey Payne after copping a swinging arm from the backrower.

The incident sparked a stunning revival from the Bulldogs, who piled on 20 points in 11 minutes and 34 unanswered points overall to come from 14-0 down.

But it was a stinging post-game attack from Hindmarsh which grabbed everyone's attention, the Eels skipper livid at being baited by the Bulldogs' No.9, with both sin-binned just minutes after Hayne and Payne were sent to the sheds for 10 minutes.

While Hayne refused to speak after the game, Hindmarsh was filthy at allowing himself to be goaded by Ennis, who has a reputation for niggling tactics.

"Nothing was said, he's just a grub," Hindmarsh said when asked why he reacted with such venom.

"He got under my skin and I retaliated, which I shouldn't have.

"I just lost my cool and I'm disappointed with that because I've been niggled by better."

Ennis brushed off the jibe from his former NSW Origin teammate, claiming "I've been called worse at home".

"My wife would be sitting at home laughing, that's a light spray.

"Hindy's entitled to his opinion, he can say whatever he likes.

"At the end of the day he's the one that came back and threw punches - there was certainly nothing said that was personal ... it was more along the lines of if you're going to do something then do it."

Eels coach Stephen Kearney said his side had no right to cave in the way they did after the Hayne binning.

" ... they had 12 men as well so that doesn't change - it was costly in the sense that we probably lost a bit of momentum there but we ended up getting the penalty," he said.

The Eels had Hayne to thank for their early supremacy as he showed the sort of form which had him labelled the world's best player in 2009 with two brilliant individual tries.

But he undid all his good work in the moment of madness, with referees Ashley Klein and Gerard Sutton sure to come under heavy criticism for their decision not to send Hayne from the field for good.

Already without their main man, the Eels could ill-afford to lose their skipper soon after, the Bulldogs finding the 11-a-side to their liking with Steve Turner and Barba scoring two tries within three minutes.

Barba the produced a piece of acrobatic brilliance to score millimetres within the touch in-goal line, but even with their full compliment restored, the Eels weren't able to stem the tide.

Jamal Idris scored the first of his two tries three minutes after the restart before Barba capped his hattrick and the win 13 minutes from time.

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