Saturday 17 March 2018 / 09:28 PM


Last week Warriors prop Sam Lisone produced a play which will feature on top 10 lists and highlight reels for years to come – the only problem is it will only be there to deliver a laugh.

The stocky bookend has endured a week of jokes from teammates and has appeared more times in mainstream media than ever before in his career, following his ill-fated attempt at a field goal late in last Saturday’s 15-14 loss to the Sea Eagles.

On a rain-soaked field in Perth, Lisone found himself with the ball in his hand and set up for a drop goal, only for the ball to hardly bounce and for him to come up with one of the all-time great air swings.

But rather than sulk about it, the 22-year-old was this week taking it all in his stride, laughing off suggestions that veteran forward Jacob Lillyman would be revoking his membership from the ‘Front-rowers Club’ following the infamous moment.

“He can take it away bro, it’s crack-up, I love it from the boys and it’s funny when it comes from them,” Lisone said.

“I don’t really care what people from outside say on social media and that anyway.”

Mid-week it seemed everyone at Warriors HQ had an opinion on the matter, but when coach Andrew McFadden was asked to name his preferred field goal kicking options – following a second golden point loss in three games – Lisone didn’t make the cut.

“No, Sam is not on the field goal list, you probably won’t see that in his whole career again,” McFadden laughed.

Meanwhile, Lillyman admitted it had been the highlight of the club’s weekly review session.

“Mate, that has provided plenty of entertainment for a lot of people. Big Sammy would like his time over again, we have got to be a bit smarter there, but it was pretty funny,” he said.

“We did [show it in the review session] yeah, there were plenty of laughs.”

On a more serious note, Lisone is enjoying a strong sophomore season as a first-grade player, currently averaging 80 metres and 15 tackles per match off the bench.

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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