Brisbane Test star Gorden Tallis said yesterday he was embarrassed to have
received the Clive Churchill Medal as grand final man of the match, because he
did not believe the award should exist.
Tallis joined a distinguished honour roll after the Broncos grand final
victory, admitting he had little recollection of the match after an early head
"I don't believe that there should be an award," Tallis said. "There are 17
players out there.
"It's not just the players, it begins back in November with the trainers.
"There should be 50 awards to everyone in our club.
"I'm a bit embarrassed - especially in a team like this, full of great
Asked whether he felt his own performance was worthy of the award, Tallis
said he couldn't remember.
"I was a bit dizzy, a little bit out of place," he said. "To tell you the
truth, I'm going to have to watch it on video because I don't really remember
"The week dragged on for what seemed like a fortnight but the game went in 10
Yesterday's match was a form of deliverance for Tallis, who sat out the 1995
season after signing with Super League and failing to get a release from his
team, St George.
When he returned to Kogarah with the Broncos this year, some fans pelted him
with projectiles but he later said "they still wish I was playing for St
His patience was rewarded when he toured Britain with the Super League
Australian side last year but he was maligned by crowds there as well, telling
reporters he was "not a thug".
Tallis is expected to be called up today for the reunited Australian side to
take on New Zealand in the second Test against at Suncorp Stadium on Friday
He said he avoided putting pressure on himself yesterday by avoiding media
coverage of the game. "We didn't get any papers and we didn't watch any
television," Tallis said.
"Every time it came on, I changed the channel so I didn't have to watch it.
"That's what you've got to do. The more you hear things, the more you believe
it so you've just got to wipe it all out."
An early missed tackle on selection rival Steve Price didn't help his
confidence. Tallis had tipped Price for Test selection in the lead-up to the
game. "I went up too quickly on Price, he stepped me and scored and that makes
me feel really bad," Tallis said.
"They're a good side, they're very powerful, but I think they just ran out of
gas. Those two 100-minute games made them run out of petrol."
Tallis has been struggling with a groin injury for much of the season but is
confident of being fit for the second and third trans-Tasman Tests, if selected.
"It's up to the selectors," he said. "I haven't really been thinking about
it. I thought about the one earlier in the year and it hurt me.
"If they pick me, I'll play."
The team medical is set down for Brisbane next Sunday.
* Hulking Brisbane forward Petero Civoniceva dedicated his part in the
victory to his homeland Fiji, AAP reports.
The strapping 192cm 22-year-old joked his popularity in the land of his birth
may now equal that of recent US PGA golf winner Vijay Singh and former Canberra
Raider Noa Nadruku who carry superstar status in Fiji.
Civoniceva revealed he had revved up for the biggest game of his life by
watching Fiji win a rugby World Cup qualifying game on television as his Bronco
teammates warmed up in the dressing-room before the kick-off.
"Even though I've grown up here [Australia], I still identify with Fiji
culture," Civoniceva said. "Hopefully this will mean something to them because
rugby league in Fiji is getting bigger all the time."