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Tyrone Peachey gets revenge over Dylan Walker after series of bitter sledges

9 September 2017 8:55 PM
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Tyrone Peachey gets revenge over Dylan Walker after series of bitter sledges

TYRONE Peachey has taken a veiled swipe at Manly’s chirpy centre Dylan Walker after copping a barrage of sledges from the Manly star over the past fortnight.

Walker infuriated Panthers players with his constant chatter as the Sea Eagles ran riot in round 26 and he was at it again from the opening whistle on Saturday night, with his opposite number Peachey copping the worst of it.

Either player could have proven the match winner, with Walker drawing first blood with an early try before controversially having a second ruled out by the bunker for off-side by the barest of margins.

However, it was Peachey who had the last laugh, albeit in controversial circumstances, crossing to give his side a late, and eventually match sealing lead.

Having copped it from Walker for close enough to 160 minutes of football, it would have been tempting for Peachey to give it back with interest having ended his rival’s season.

And in his own subtle manner he did, replying: “Nah, I’m a humble bloke,” when asked if he had shoved victory in Walker’s face — the obvious implication being that Walker was not.

“It’s all part of the game, so it’s good. He’s one of the top centres in the league, so it’s always a good battle,” Peachey added.

“I look forward to playing against people like that, he’s been killing it all year and I had a tough ask to try shut him down, he ended up scoring one, so I’m pretty disappointed with that.

“ ... There’s a lot of testosterone out there and he’s a pretty aggressive bloke, so I can’t really go in there soft hearted or he’s going to run all over me.”

While it was inches away from being a disastrous night for Peachey, who admitted to “stuffing up” when Walker ran through to ground a kick from Daly Cherry-Evans, the bunker saved him by overturning an on-field call of ‘try’ after determining Walker was off-side.

Then, in the 73rd minute, with the scores locked at 10-all, Lady Luck shone on Peachey again as a bouncing ball ricocheted into his chest before bouncing forward for him to regather and score.

Once again lead referee Gerard Sutton took the odds to what looked at best a 50/50 call and sent it upstairs with an on-field decision of ‘try’.

Peachey rode it all the way, giving a ‘T’ sign of his own, and this time the bunker stayed with the call, despite real doubt over a possible deflection off Peachey’s arm on the way down from his chest.

A knock on call would have left the game poised going into the last six minutes, with Manly coach Trent Barrett fuming in the post-match press conference about the calls that went against his side.

Peachey was not 100 per cent sure that the ball hadn’t hit his arm but was confident the officials had got the call right.

“I couldn’t tell you, I didn’t see. It was pretty fast and I can’t remember exactly what happened,” Peachey said.

“Once they checked the grounding I was confident once I got it down there. Once they checked the grounding and they give the try, it was an awesome feeling. I knew we just had to hold them out.

“I think I had the ‘T’ sign up, looking at the ref. But, nah, I can’t remember. It was pretty crazy.”

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