North Queensland have mocked Jamie Lyon for diving, suggesting an acting career beckons for the Manly skipper when he hangs up his boots at the end of the NRL season.
Lyon was panned by commentators and on social media after being caught flagrantly milking a penalty which cost North Queensland a try in their 34-18 win over the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.
Fullback Lachlan Coote was denied a four-pointer after the bunker ruled an obstruction had occurred when Kane Linnett had made contact on Lyon while running a decoy line.
However replays showed Linnett making no contact with Lyon as the Sea Eagles centre was sent dramatically sprawling to the turf.
Lyon did not even bother to defend himself against the accusations.
“I can’t really remember it … He was in the road, yeah. I probably went down. But as the rules go, sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t,” Lyon said.
While Green – who was teammates with Lyon at Parramatta in 2003 – could see the humorous side, considering it had no bearing on the result, he suggested the Manly captain had a future on the stage and screen.
“I reckon Jamie Lyon should be nominated for a BAFTA, Golden Globe and an Academy Award,” Green said.
“I know Killer well, he’s a good bloke but that was one of his best.”
He added: “Maybe (the video referees) didn’t see that he was feigning. Maybe they just thought he just tripped over a blade of grass.”
While Green made the comment with a smile on his face, he added that confusion continued to reign over the obstruction rules, and players, coaches and fans were frustrated at the inconsistent interpretation from the whistle-blowers.
“I just think everyone is a bit confused about the obstruction rule,” Green said.
“We’ve got (the NRL coaches’ conference) this week and I’m sure that will be on the agenda.”