Newcastle RL: Phythian makes rusty return as Lakes stumble to Souths RUSTY: Dylan Phythian returned from a 12-match suspension for Lake United in a 26-6 loss to South Newcastle on Saturday. Picture: Marina Neil
TweetFacebook Lakes play Souths at Townson OvalSacked Knights utility Dylan Phythian makes his return to rugby league for Lakes against Souths at Townson Oval. Photos: Marina NeilLAKES United coach Todd Edwards expects Dylan Phythian to be “better for the run” after playing his first game in 18 months in the Seagulls’ 26-6 loss to South Newcastle at Townson Oval on Saturday.
The former Knights utility was cleared this week to resume his career in the Newcastle Rugby League after serving a 12-game ban forfor a second positive drug test.
Phythian recieved the ban in March as he was preparing to return for the Knights after missing the majority of the 2017 NRL season due to a knee reconstruction.
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He was sacked by the Knights and offered a lifeline by his junior club.
The 22-year-old played off the bench on Saturday.
“He played a bit of back row and a bit of left centre,” Edwards said. “He was rusty but he got through. He worked hard but was burning and will be better for the gallop.”
Elsewhere on Saturday, Maitland scored scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to thrash Kurri Kurri 42-6 at Maitland Sportsground and Central ground out a 26-14 victory away to Cessnock.
At Townson Oval, competition leaders Lakes trailed Souths 14-0 early and 14-6 at the break.
They held out the home side out until the 70thminute before late tries to lock Tori Freeman and interchange forward Cameron King sealed a third straight win for the Lions.
“They were very clinical and handled the conditions better than we did,” Edwards said. “It was a wake up call for us. We weren’t great, they were good and we got we deserved.”
“We put ourselves under too much pressure with poor handling and poor decisions.”