At one stage, Sam Burgess pleaded with the media to not get too excited about his NRL return after South Sydney’s 22-20 NRL trial win over Gold Coast.
But it seems nothing will be able to stop the hype after Burgess’ comeback.
In his first rugby league game since inspiring the Rabbitohs’ 2014 grand final win, Burgess impressed in a 60-minute display highlighted by a second-half try.
Excitement is now set to reach fever pitch over Burgess’ official comeback in the season opener against Sydney Roosters on March 6.
Much to the Englishman’s annoyance.
The dual international went to the trouble of asking the media to stop talking up his return and turning it into a “circus”.
“I just listened into the press conference (with Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire) and every second question was about me,” he said.
“It is a bit unfair to the rest of the team – it’s not about me.
“Ease off a bit, if not for me but for all the club and the team as well.
“We just need to chill out. It’s not a circus.”
He may want to pass that advice on to South Sydney captain Greg Inglis.
“It’s always great to have Sam back in the side – you can feel his presence,” Inglis said.
“I look forward to the season ahead with him.
“I could sit here all day and talk about the qualities of Sam Burgess.”
Not everything went to plan for South Sydney.
Burgess’ brother Tom was helped off the field with an ankle injury in the 54th minute.
He is racing the clock to be fully fit for the season opener.
Maguire was also sweating on halfback Adam Reynolds (foot), who was rested on Saturday night.
But it could have been worse. A hush went over the Pizzey Park crowd of more than 6000 in the eighth minute when Inglis was the victim of a spear tackle.
Titans backrower Zeb Taia was placed on report after Inglis landed on his head and stayed down.
Inglis received treatment before finding his feet and clutching his neck.
However, he was given the all-clear and played out the match, even chiming in for a try in the 58th minute.
Titans coach Neil Henry admitted he was concerned with the Taia tackle.
Gold Coast’s halfback jinx also struck again.
Ash Taylor (shoulder) was denied a final chance to combine with impressive pivot Tyrone Roberts when he pulled out of Saturday’s trial.
Taylor earned No.1 halfback status at the Titans after Kane Elgey (knee) broke down in the pre-season.