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Origin stars in luck - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Thu, 17 May 2007 00:22:00 GMT
NSW Blues winger Jamie Lyon could not hide the grin on his face walking out of the NRL judiciary last night after being cleared to play in game 1 of this year’s State of Origin series.

While failing to get the job done against Manly last Friday night at Brookvale, it was the Eels who almost got the last laugh on the man who walked out on them in 2004.

Lyon was hauled before a hearing after being put on report last weekend for a dangerous throw on the Parramatta winger Eric Grothe.

When Grothe’s mobile was dialed on the judiciary speaker phone, only a voice mail could be reached.

However even without Grothe being cross-examined, counsel Geoff Bellew SC still managed to put in a man of the match performance legally for his client.

“I was confident without being over confident - still at the bottom of your gut you are a bit worried,” Lyon said before a packed media scrum.

Meanwhile Storm lock Dallas Johnson will also be thanking the football gods tonight after he had a grade 2 dangerous high tackle on Reni Maitua downgraded.

Johnson managed to keep his representative dream alive after Melbourne assistant coach Dean Lance and Queensland coach Mal Meninga – convinced the panel the player was not looking at Maitua when contact was made with his head. - Read More, Here