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NRL: Newcastle Knight Tyler Randell scores one of the NRL's fastest tries, crossing the line less than 10 seconds after the restart against the Manly Sea Eagles

Lyon won’t make that mistake again.

JAMIE Lyon doesn’t make mistakes.

The Manly Sea Eagles captain is one of the most reliable centres in the game — it’s a trait that’s seen him picked in NSW and Australian sides.

He may have lost some speed as he’s aged, but he’s still arguably the best defensive centre in the NRL, so he’s more accustomed to saving tries, not giving them away.

But that’s what he did on Monday afternoon against the Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium.

Fresh from converting a Tom Trbojevic try in the 60th minute to give the visitors a 20-6 lead, Lyon lost his smile pretty quickly from the resulting play.

Newcastle kicked off and Lyon set himself on the 20 metre line on the right side of the field as the ball hung in the air. It was a towering kick, but still a man with Lyon’s credentials would have been expected to snaffle it up easily.

How wrong we were.

The 34-year-old obviously didn’t back himself to catch the Steeden, so as it dropped, he turned his body to face his own tryline, jumped up and batted the ball back.

It almost resembled a volleyball play, as if he were up at the net tapping the ball down to the other side of the court.

There’s a reason it’s not an act often seen on the rugby league field. Lyon’s tap-down didn’t find a teammate and instead bobbled back to his side’s tryline. Tyler Randell of the Knights then came streaming through, snatched up the ball and crossed the paint.

After it was verified by the bunker, a try was awarded and the hosts reduced the deficit to 10 points as the score went to 20-10.

CHECK OUT THE PLAY IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE.

The bungle didn’t come back to haunt Lyon though, as Manly continued Newcastle’s miserable start to the NRL season by inflicting a 26-10 victory at Hunter Stadium on Anzac Day.

Playing their first game in 11 days, and first in Newcastle in four years, the Sea Eagles celebrated the return of halfback Daly Cherry-Evans by pocketing two valuable competition points.

Newcastle’s sixth loss of the season, and fifth straight to Manly, was compounded by the loss of experienced playmaker Jarrod Mullen to a suspected torn hamstring in the 67th minute.

It was rough day on the injury front with Mullen joined by Peter Mata’utia (knee) for Newcastle while Brett Stewart (hamstring) and Tom Trbojevic (ankle) were replaced during the match for Manly. Though not at his best, Queensland and Australian playmaker Cherry-Evans added spark to the Sea Eagles attack.

Manly had taken a 10-6 lead to the break when prop Brenton Lawrence crashed over to score in the final seconds of the first half.

Replays showed the ball rolled loose as Newcastle defenders tried to halt Lawrence’s progress but review official Ashley Klein could not find enough evidence to overturn referee Gavin Badger’s on-field ruling of a try.

The Knights had no such luck earlier in the half when wingers Nathan Ross and Aku Uate were both denied tries by the bunker. Little seemed to go the way of the home side with prop Sam Mataora reported in the 65th minute for a possible crusher tackle.

with AAP

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