Hayne faces test of character

Eels star Jarryd Hayne gets the chance to show his true character on Monday night when Parramatta and Cronulla play the final round 11 match, a week after his Origin snub.

Hayne's ability is not in question but how he responds to this disappointment will speak volumes about his character - whether he can put the disappointment behind him and just let his actions on the field do the talking.

No doubt it has been a long week for Hayne. The 23-year-old has had to wait eight days since the NSW VB Blues team was announced to prove a point in the Monday night game, after tweeting his confusion and disappointment at not being selected last Monday.

Hayne was not the only player who could consider himself unlucky not to be chosen for game one of the State of Origin series in Brisbane on Wednesday, but he was the most vocal. 
 
The Eels, second-last on the ladder in 15th place, desperately need Hayne to turn that disappointment into a positive for at Parramatta Stadium on Monday night as a loss will see them in an uphill battle to stay in touch with the top eight. 

Both the Sharks (11th) and Eels are languishing in the bottom half of the table on just three wins from nine starts, but the situation is more dire for Parramatta who have easily the worst points differential in the NRL (-118), while the Sharks are 31 points in arrears.

The Sharks are coming off a morale-boosting win against the Roosters last week, but they will be without Origin captain Paul Gallen and Blues prop Kade Snowden. 

Meanwhile, home-ground favourite Luke Burt will play his 100th match at Parramatta Stadium, where he is the all-time leading tryscorer (59) and pointscorer (808). A converted try would see him both equal Steve Ella as the only Eel to post nine tries against the Sharks, and join Mick Cronin (126) as the only Eel to notch a century of points against Cronulla.