It’s the play that has bamboozled many an opponent. Usually called from a quick play-the-ball on the right edge of the field, hooker Cameron Smith will fire a ball wide to Cooper Cronk on the right who quickly shoots an inside pass – often while looking the other way – to a flying Billy Slater to steam into the gap. It’s a move that all sides are aware of, but stopping it is another thing.
A graceful carrier of the football on the right edge, Lyon can beat his opposite number with a classic in-and-away, or send his winger or fullback through with a brilliant piece of improvised skill (as he did against the Broncos in Round 25, scoring a try himself and also setting up Brett Stewart). Lyon has scored nine tries this season and has added six line-breaks and 51 tackle-breaks; however it is his value as a ‘third half’ in the centres that sets him apart.