All players can tell when the pressure is on them, and even after playing in 299 NRL games (his 300th is coming up tonight), 45 tests and 32 State of Origin matches, if there is one thing that Broncos and QLD legend Petero Civoniceva is worried about, it is disappointing his team-mates.
With the back-end of the season set to start, Petero Civoniceva will become only the 17th player in the history of the NRL, to notch up 300 career first-grade games.
He may have played in 15 seasons of NRL to-date, but for Petero, his mantra is all about playing well and doing his job, all whilst not disappointing anyone.
“I just don’t want to let anyone down,” he said.
“I know it probably hasn’t been my most consistent season, but I’m just trying to make sure I play my part within the team and not let anyone down.”
Whilst Petero is humbled by the talk of “Let’s do it for Petero”, as heads into his final State of Origin game in a couple of weeks, the man nicknamed ‘Bulla’, does not want that to the sole focus for the Queensland side.
“I learnt a lot off the way we handled [Darren Lockyer’s] farewell last year,” Civoniceva said. “He was adamant that the focus had to be about the team.
“That’s the way we’ve handled it so far. It’s going to be a challenge coming up against one of the toughest NSW teams we’ve come up against in quite some time – they were tremendous in game two. But there is more on the line than just my last game. It’s nice to hear that sort of stuff, but I’ve just got to make sure I’ve got my mind on the job and be one of the leaders out there.”