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Lyon vs Inglis

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    "THIS is the battle fans were hoping for come Friday night at Bluetongue Stadium - Jamie Lyon versus Greg Inglis.One bloke defends the Sea Eagles' right side like a sledgehammer, the other attacks the Rabbitohs' left side like a runaway bus.

    On Friday night, two champions go head to head in a clash that could go a long way to deciding who drives home from Gosford with two crucial competition points.

    As Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler said last night: "This is just great for the people of the Central Coast that they get to see two great talents.

    "And we need the fans to get out there to support a great contest between two great players."

    Lyon hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury in Manly's round-one loss.

    But in the wake of Souths'demolition of the Eels last Friday night at ANZ Stadium, the 29-year-old Lyon has been rushed back into the starting side a week ahead of his planned return.

    Hasler is confident his co-captain will be more than ready to mark up against the might of Inglis- who tips the scales at 104kg, 10kg more than his Manly counterpart.

    "[Lyon] is really confident," Hasler said.

    "We will do another fitness test later in the week but he is looking pretty good. It should be a great contest."

    Inglis was getting back to somewhere near his best against Parramatta last round, on a night the Rabbitohs' left-side attack ran roughshod over the hapless Eels.

    Giant back-rower Dave Taylor finished man of the match but while Inglis didn't get a single Dally M point, it was his best display since his move from Melbourne.

    Hasler, like the rest of us, was in awe of the sheer power of the Rabbitohs' left side.

    "Very potent. Big, strong, fast ... whatever you want to call it," Hasler said. "Greg Inglis is just a talent who responds when he needs to. He comes up with the big plays, he can turn half chances into full chances."

    The Sea Eagles will start as TAB Sportsbet's $1.80 favourites ahead of the Rabbitohs at $2 - although the money last night was coming for the Rabbitohs after one punter plunged $20,000 on Souths after big Sam Burgess was named to return.

  2. dowdz

    dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,079 /12
    Great battle. I hope Lyon only comes back at %100 fitness though.
  3. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    The good news for Manly captain Jamie Lyon is that he is back from injury a week ahead of schedule.

    The bad news is his first assignment is marking South Sydney superstar Greg Inglis at Bluetongue Stadium on Friday night.

    "There's been a bit of talk about him, criticism, but I don't think it's been warranted," Lyon said of Inglis.

    "He's a quality player and been a great player for such a long time. He's getting back to his best form."

    "He's going to be a big challenge this week. We've got to try and limit him."

    South Sydney are expected to usher Sam Burgess back from a shoulder injury to replace suspended forward Eddy Pettybourne.


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