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Sharks deny opening gates for Lockyer

Wayne Heming 31/05/2011 04:27:19 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla officials have distanced themselves from reports they could throw open Toyota Stadium gates to rugby league fans on Friday night as a farewell tribute to Brisbane captain Darren Lockyer.

The clash with the Sharks will be Lockyer's last club game in Sydney outside of the NRL finals and it was reported on Tuesday Cronulla wanted to do something special to commemorate the occasion.

Lockyer, renowned for his composure, was a little overwhelmed when told the gates could be opened to fans in his honour.

"Are they really?," was Lockyer's initial response.

"That would be a nice gesture, that's great."

However Sharks general manager Peter Beaumont told AAP while it would be a great gesture, "Lockyer was the away captain".

"I'm not too sure where that (report) came from but we're working through what we'll be doing on the day," he said.

"Darren is the Australian captain but he's also the away captain.

"What we don't want to do is take the attention away from the game and away from us getting the two points."

Lockyer, who'll continue to zero in on Terry Lamb's and Steve Menzies' all-time record of 349 games, said he hoped Friday night's game was not his last in Sydney.

"Hopefully the Broncos are back in Sydney in September (for the finals) but it would be nice to win this one and finish on a good note," he said.

Lockyer, who acknowledged it was always tough playing at Toyota Stadium, said Friday night would be a real challenge coming off the back of three straight losses.

"We usually play there on Saturday nights but it's raining heavily down there, there'll be a breeze blowing and it's the middle of winter," Lockyer said.

"They need to get two points, we need to get the two points.

"It will be two teams doing their very best."

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