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The unofficial heavyweight title fight between Kevin Tamati and Greg Dowling at Brisbane's Lang Park in 1985 is embedded in rugby league folklore and Kangaroos firebrand Gorden Tallis doubts there will be anything to rival it during tomorrow's trans-Tasman battle.
Kiwi league purists still salivate at the infamous flare up that spilled onto the sideline after both players were sent to cool off during the series opener.
Asked about the potential for fireworks at Aussie Stadium Tallis, one of the Australia's enforcers, admitted violence had gone the way of the traditional three-test Anzac series.
"There's no room is the game for the biff now. The game's just so fast and these days you've got nine cameras watching you.
"The way the judiciary works you just can't afford to have three of four weeks off from your club." The Queensland and Broncos skipper, dubbed Raging Bull for his exploits in the second row, still expected team-mates to step in if a player got in strife but premeditated violence belonged to a bygone era.
"Tackles hurt as much as a punch anyway, the game is physical enough without throwing punches. " Experienced referee Bill Harrigan will control the match.