Eels turn Darwin blue and gold

King of the kids: Man Ma'u at one of the several school clinics in Darwin last week.

King of the kids: Man Ma'u at one of the several school clinics in Darwin last week.

THE Eels' trip to Darwin was a success on and off the field.

On the field, the blue and gold kept pace with the top eight with their third straight win, against a gutsy Raiders outfit 18-10.

Jarryd Hayne was again the star, crossing for two tries to bring up 100 tries in the NRL.

"It's pretty special," Hayne said.

"It's good to score tries for the team and definitely a milestone that I'll look back on and cherish."

Off the field, the Eels spent the week leading into the game turning Darwin blue and gold.

Club legends Luke Burt, Nathan Hindmarsh and Nathan Cayless and injured second-rower Manu Ma'u were part of the Eels' crew who participated in many activities.

These included:

■Several rugby league clinics in schools and junior clubs.

■The staging of the inaugural Eels Cup, where Katherine High School defeated the Casuarina Senior College 26-20 in the grand final. The under 16s competition featured seven schools.

■Visiting athletes at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport.

■Joining the launch of the Men's Shed at Malak.

"They're having fun and that's the main thing," Ma'u said.

"Hopefully, after this week, we'll have a few more fans up here in the Northern Territory,

This Friday, the Eels host the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium for the Bandaged Bear Cup.

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