Newcastle Rugby: Lisiua turns back clock in return match

MARTY Lisiua didn’t disappoint in his return match for Lake Macquarie.

BACK FOR MORE: Marty Lisiua hits the ball up for Hamilton in 2015. The veteran breakaway returned to playing for Lake Macquarie in the 96-5 loss to Wanderers. Picture: Dean Osland

BACK FOR MORE: Marty Lisiua hits the ball up for Hamilton in 2015. The veteran breakaway returned to playing for Lake Macquarie in the 96-5 loss to Wanderers. Picture: Dean Osland

Playing his first game since helping Hamilton to the 2015 premiership, the 50-year-old was the Roos’ best forward.

Starting at blindside breakaway, he carted the ball forward and competed hard at the break down. In fact, too hard and was given a 10-minute spell in the sinbin.

The Roos take on Hamilton at home on Saturday and, if the rugby grapevine is right, Lisiua could have some help.

Roos coach Gareth Palamo played a decade at Sydney club Eastwood. The Woodies have the bye and a few of Palamo’s old boys’ mates could be driving up the freeway.

* University coach Chris McCaskie doesn’t believe the Students are getting what they deserve. Uni were on the end of a 10-4 penalty count in the first half against Hamilton. They led 20-19 at the break but ran out of petrol due to the defensive load and lost 59-27.

“I don’t think they are refereeing us as a team on the field, I think they are looking at where we are on the ladder,” McCaskie said.

* It’s getting close to crunch time for the NHRU’s leading referees. Maul and All understands Jarryd Logan, Brendon Farrar and Dru Tonks are vying for the No.1 spot ahead of the finals.

* Singleton breakaway Hayden Shepherd faces a one-game suspension if he takes an early guilty plea on a lifting tackle.

* Merewether will “farewell the Green Room” against Uni on Saturday. A development application is with council to demolish the pavilion and build a new “Green Room” as part of a $2m development of the Clarke Stand.