By STEVE MASCORD
HE’S done so many nudie runs for failing to score try in an entire season that his team-mates beg him to keep his clothes on.
But after breaking an eight year tryscoring drought on Sunday night, prop Bryce Gibbs believe his finals series experience can make a major contribution to Cronulla’s bid for a maiden premiership.
Gibbs’ touchdown against Canberra was his first since the 2005 grand final, when he played a role in Wests Tigers’ memorable win over North Queensland.
“I do the nudie run every year,” Gibbs tells RLW. “I get nude every week, the boys get sick of it after a while.
“They go ‘oh, Bryce, don’t worry about it. You’re right’.
“I got one try disallowed two years ago against Melbourne at Leichhardt and they said on the Monday it should have been a try.”
The Sharks take on North Queensland in the opening match of Saturday’s double-header at Allianz Stadium and Gibbs says confidence is high. He’s not concerned if he starts the finals in a support role.
“We set ourselves the goal of making the top four and we finished fifth so we’re only one off our goal,” he said.
“I’ve been out myself for most of the year, did my Achilles, so if I get a start against the Cowboys I do and if not, I’ll wait until someone is injured.
“I’ve played about 10 finals games. I’ve probably played the most (jn the club) aside from Anthony Tupou, maybe.
“It’s another level. I said to the boys, ‘that’s what it’s all about’. That’s what you play football for. You play hard for the 26 rounds for the opportunity to play semis and you get a couple of shots at the grand final.”
Gibbs says the top four teams deserve favouritism. “The Cowboys, they beat us last week and they lost Matt Scott early,” he said.
“It’s going to be a big game, they’ve won six on the trot.”
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