Lyon laughs off double intercept "shocker"
Manly skipper Jamie Lyon laid on three tries in the Sea Eagles' win against Penrith on Sunday afternoon – the only problem was, two of them were for the Panthers.
Lyon's rushed no-look offload inside his own 20-metre zone in the 27th minute went straight to Penrith centre Jamal Idris, who could barely believe his good fortune as he went on an unopposed run to the line to extend Penrith's lead to 16-6.
Then a pass that almost turned into a dummy before getting stuck in Lyon's hands sat up nicely for opposing skipper Jamie Soward, who gleefully raced 70 metres to score to put Penrith out to a 22-6 lead early in the second half.
With Manly forging a dramatic comeback to steal a 26-25 win with just a minute to go, and Lyon scoring try himself in that late comeback, the Sea Eagles skipper could afford to laugh off his blunders at the post match press conference.
"They got some a couple of fairly soft tries, I thought," Manly coach Geoff Toovey said with a not-so-subtle sideways glance at Lyon, to the amusement of the assembled press.
"Yeah it was a bit of a shocker there for quite a while," Lyon said when asked about the unfortunate passes.
"I thought it couldn't get any worse really, at one stage. I was having a shocker there but the boys were good behind the tryline there, talking a bit of sense there so it was good. We hung in there."
Lyon said the awkward second intercept came after he first looked to pass, then tried to change his mind and go for a dummy.
"It still came out of my hand so it was not on my highlight reel, that's for sure," he said.
Lyon did redeem himself though, scoring the penultimate try and producing a quality catch and offload in the leadup to Tom Symonds' match-winner.
"The hands were pretty good the last try," Toovey admitted.