'Hasn't replied': New details emerge in ugly Zac Lomax controversy

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St George Illawarra's Zac Lomax has apologised for jumping on former teammate Tyson Frizell last weekend, but the Knights players haven't replied to his apology. Pictures: Fox League/Getty Images
St George Illawarra's Zac Lomax has apologised for jumping on former teammate Tyson Frizell last weekend, but the Knights players haven't replied to his apology. Pictures: Fox League/Getty Images

St George Illawarra star Zac Lomax's attempts to make peace with the Knights have reportedly fallen on deaf ears as Newcastle continues to fume about his antics last weekend.

The Dragons picked up an exciting 21-16 win over the battling Knights last weekend, with Lomax sparking a brief melee after a remarkably unsportsmanlike act during the second half.

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Lomax jumped on the shoulders of Knights back rower and former teammate Tyson Frizell in celebration after the Dragons crossed for a try, rubbing it in the face of Frizell whose own defensive breakdown had helped cause the try.

The 22-year-old was tossed to the ground almost immediately after, and appeared somewhat sheepish after the game when confronted by the Knights.

The NRL slapped Lomax with a $1000 fine for contrary conduct, while his attempts to reach out to former teammate Frizell have reportedly gone unanswered.

Speaking on NRL 360, several league insiders on the panel reported that Lomax's apology had been largely ignored.

“Frizell is not talking to Lomax, Lomax has reached out to fix things with him and he hasn’t replied,” Paul Kent told the panel, while others described the relationship as 'frosty'.

Former NRL player James Graham said it was clear the hair-brained moment had affected Lomax for the rest of the game.

Graham said he was 'disappointed' in Lomax, who he otherwise rated as one of the better young players in the competition.

“I was disappointed with Zac, I think you could tell he was embarrassed about it by smiling at the end of it and saying he was trying to get under his skin and then saying sorry,” Graham said on NRL360.

“He’d definitely like his time again and I can’t imagine him doing that anymore or ever again, I think it certainly put him off his game."

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Knights enforcer David Klemmer also gave Lomax a serve after the match, visibly angry with him after the siren.

But Lomax insisted there was no ill feeling between himself and Frizell, and his celebration had been in good fun.

"I am good mates with Friz," Lomax said.

"You have seen how vital he is to the team so I just tried to get him off his game as much as possible.

"It was a bit of friendly banter. It's all fun and games."

Graham wasn't really buying it when discussing the incident on NRL 360 though, praising Frizell for showing restraint as former player Benji Marshall suggested it was the kind of incident that would spark an all-in brawl in the past.

Zac Lomax (left) is tossed to the ground by Newcastle's Tyson Frizzell after an inflammatory try celebration from the the Dragons star. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Zac Lomax (left) is tossed to the ground by Newcastle's Tyson Frizzell after an inflammatory try celebration from the the Dragons star. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

“I think to look at Frizell you have to say he showed remarkable restraint... also when Frizell has made the mistake he is already annoyed at himself,” he said.

It is probably a good job that punching is banned because that is the type of incident that can spark a 13 on 13 brawl."

It's not the first time a player has been fined for bringing an opposition player into a try celebration after Penrith centre Stephen Crichton received a grade one contrary conduct last year for an incident involving Canberra's Joseph Tapine.

Dragons coach Anthony Griffin said he would speak to Lomax about the matter, admitting it was not at all needed.

Regardless, it was Lomax who had the last laugh when he nailed a 25-metre field goal to win the match with two minutes to play after earlier coming up with a vital one-on-one steal.

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