This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
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It's been lauded as one of the greatest tries by a prop, but Sydney Roosters front rower Mark O'Meley wasn't impressed.
The former Test and NSW hard man slammed Newcastle's Danny Wicks for his 60m solo effort on the siren on Sunday that rubbed salt in the Roosters' wounds in the 34-20 win at Gosford.
Asked if Wicks deserved to keep his place in the front rowers' club - a place where speed and sidesteps are in short supply - O'Meley questioned the 110kg Knight's right to be included.
"He has always been quick, (but) it's easy to have that sort of speed when you're hanging out playing like a centre all game," sniped O'Meley.
"I was talking to Bedsy (Newcastle captain Danny Buderus) this morning and the boys were calling him the pig that flies."
O'Meley sat out the loss with a hamstring tear and had turned to walk into the changerooms when Wicks sliced past Willie Mason and sped away from fullback Sam Perrett.
His sledge appears justified as NRL stats show Wicks managed just three hit-ups and 10 tackles in his 33 minutes on Sunday.
But what most irked O'Meley was the big fella's celebration afterwards.
"It's pretty frustrating, he laired up a bit too," said O'Meley.
"I've never laired up, I've scored a couple of tries but never laired up."
O'Meley insists he'd resist the urge to show off if he crosses the line in Friday's Anzac Day clash with St George Illawarra at ANZ Stadium.
He remains confident of a return and only needs to show he has a bit of Wicks' rare skill and change of pace at training on Tuesday to confirm his place in the team.
"Tomorrow I will run again and do some more explosive stuff and if it pulls up well I will be 100 per cent," he said.
"It's about taking off, that's how I hurt it. Doing all the long running fine, you don't want to get out there and just plod around, you want to have a range of speed.
"I know it doesn't look like it but I try and change (pace)."