Darcy Lussick In Hot Water For Ugly Incident Involving Aaron Woods

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Darcy Lussick In Hot Water For Ugly Incident Involving Aaron Woods

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Darcy Lussick has been charged and fined $1350 to $1800 for pulling NSW State of Origin prop's Aaron Woods' hair.

The Sea Eagles front-rower was penalised in Manly's 28-16 NRL win over the Wests Tigers after he pulled Woods to the ground by his long locks of hair.

Woods has become accustomed to the treatment.

"It happens every game. It's part of having long hair," Woods said.

"He must've done it right in front of the ref. It was a bit of piggy back, it was good at the time."

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Just five days after Wednesday's Origin loss, the Wests Tigers prop was forced to play 80 minutes at Lottoland after injuries reduced his team to two men on the bench by halftime.

"It was pretty hard," Woods said.

"It's been a pretty draining couple of days - losing that and then coming here.

"I wish we had of played Friday - better to get on the field as soon as possible."

Woods was brave in the first half, but by the second fatigue had clearly set in.

Despite clocking up 162 metres and racking up three offloads, he didn't even get close to a crucial tackle on Manly winger Akuila Uate as he skirted through the Tigers' line to give Manly a lead they never gave up.

It came just hours after former Blues prop Glenn Lazarus singled out Woods for a poor start to game three in Brisbane.

"The very first set of six, he's backed into the defence," Lazarus told Nine's Sunday Footy Show.

"He does it a lot at club level, and gets away with it because the defence isn't as intense or committed."

"At Origin level, you don't get away with it. He got dominated in the ruck, he was held down for an eternity. The poor bugger that took the next hit up got smashed.

"And then of course, our very first set of six, our kick is charged down. What NSW needed then was our big guys go forward and complete the set of six rather than backing into the line."

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