NRL: Jarryd Hayne cops nasty boot to the face against Dragons

Jarryd Hayne recovered from a nasty boot to the face to guide the Parramatta Eels past the St George Illawarra Dragons in a 40-4 demolition on Saturday night.

The Eels star was involved in a kick-and-chase to retrieve a high-ball when Jordan Pereira's boot connected sweetly with his chin, leaving him with gruesome gash on his face.  

A trainer ran onto the field and patched up for the Fijian international, and his tape job caught the eyes of the commentators.

One commentator called it a "hot cross bun tape job," while another compared him to Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs.

The nasty injury didn't affect Hayne's on-field performance as the Eels veteran torched the Dragons with his first hat-trick in five years, while Mitchell Moses also starred with a try and four try-assists.

The win for the Eels - their biggest of the season - lifts them off the bottom of the ladder for the first time since March and leaves North Queensland in last place.

It was the Dragons' fifth defeat in six games, and sees them drop out of the top four for the first time this year. They could finish as low as sixth at the end of the round.