Lyon needs to take the chill pills
SURPRISINGLY, Geoff Toovey was cool, calm and collected at the post-match press conference on Saturday night after his Sea Eagles were beaten by a Cameron Smith field goal in golden-point extra time.
The composure of the Manly coach was unforeseen, largely because serenity and Toovey are not married words, and the Sea Eagles were beaten 23-22 after surrendering a 20-nil lead.
But most unexpected was the fact that Toovey kept his calm despite a string of five successive penalties against his team early in the second half which most commentators - unbiased I suggest - were convinced had given Melbourne the kick-start needed for the magnificent comeback.
But while the Manly hierarchy has clearly spent much of the off-season attending to Toovey's anger management issues, they have obviously failed to pass on to Jamie Lyon news of tweaks to the rules governing the conduct of captains.
In 2014 the only time a captain may approach a referee is after a try has been scored, during an injury break, when the referee is issuing a caution or as the players leave the field for half-time.
It is a change introduced to prevent the perpetual challenging of decisions, something which had become time wasting and irritating.
But Lyon, evidently, did not receive the memo.
As the Sea Eagles continually went backwards in the second half on Saturday, Lyon's questioning of the referees became more incessant, so much so that he eventually lost it.
During extra time, with the scores locked at 22-all and Storm on the attack, big George Rose - in a Melbourne jersey in 2014 - appeared to lose control of the ball in a tackle. And when the incident went undetected by the men with the whistle, Lyon completely abandoned his post in the defensive line and charged at the referee, remonstrating wildly.
It was the act of an exasperated man, and not something expected from a 32-year-old who has captained Manly since 2010.
Not only does he need to read the memo, Lyon would do well to swallow some of Toovey's 'calm-me-down' pills.
But while Lyon may not have been au fait with the off-season tweaking of some rules, Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston has apparently been swatting over the books in relation to the quick tap.
As long as the attacking players are on side, a quick tap is now permitted after a penalty for any infringement, except the offside penalty.
Thurston caught the Raiders napping in Townsville on Saturday when he took a quick tap, and weaved his magic for 60 metres to score and cut a 16-4 deficit to 16-10 at halftime.
It was not just dazzling play by the Cowboys skipper, but brilliant deduction and opportunism.
The game needs more captains who contemplate, and less who denigrate.