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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Bennett takes subtle dig at Broncos


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South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has refused to engage in discussion about his former club after the Rabbitohs embarrassed the Broncos in recording setting fashion at ANZ Stadium.

The big win equaled the Rabbitohs' largest winning margin over the Broncos, matching their 44-12 victory in 2009 as the Bennett v Anthony Seibold grudge match failed to live up to the hype.

It was clear Bennett was relieved that his side played as well as they did and while he stopped short of kicking the Broncos while they were down, he did take a subtle dig at the club for showing him the door in favour of Seibold.

“I coach South Sydney and I’m not coaching them,” Bennett told the post-match press conference.

“They make their own decisions and they have to live with them and I have to live with mine.

“I’m not thinking about them too much. I’m just thinking about us and how we are playing and what we are doing.

“I didn’t come here to talk about them tonight. You’ve all done enough talking about them.

After eight rounds, the Rabbitohs, Storm and Roosters appear to be head and shoulders above everyone else, yet Bennett didn't get carried away about his side's premiership hopes this year. The master coach understands what it takes to win a a grand final and knows the season is too long to start separating teams from the rest of the pack.

"I think it's too early to say that," Bennett said.

"We're only through a third of the season this weekend.

"Some teams just take a little bit longer. The Storm and the Roosters have had long-term coaches, established teams, they just pick up where they left off and get on with it.

"Other teams have to rebuild and reshape themselves.

"The premiers aren't around yet.

"I wouldn't be writing anyone off. The teams down the bottom you could write off, the Parramatta's and the Canberra's and St George, they're all in the mix too."

The Rabbitohs provisionally moved to top spot on 14 points with a victory which equalled the club's biggest ever win over the Broncos.

But the Roosters and Storm can draw level in their respective games against the Wests Tigers and Cronulla over the next two days.

Souths down Broncos in Sydney

Souths have looked scratchy since their upset golden-point loss to Manly a month ago but found their level against the Broncos on Thursday night.

They had scores of standout performers including Cody Walker, who effectively broke the Broncos' back with two first-half tries and a try assist, and Tom Burgess who ran for 199 metres.

Skipper Sam Burgess was also exceptional, making 155 metres, scoring a try before receiving a standing ovation from the crowd of 13,643 as he came off with 10 minutes on the clock.

They proved their potential with a round-one win over premiers the Roosters but won't get a chance to test their mettle against the Storm until round 21.

Bennett said his side still had several gear changes left in them and risked being left in the dust if they continued to make simple errors coming out of their own end, which they did on several occasions against the Broncos.

"The scoreboard says we played pretty good but I think there's a lot more improvement in us," Bennett said.

"We put ourselves under some pressure and I think the good teams will hurt us if we do that."

-with AAP

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has refused to engage in discussion about his former club after the Rabbitohs embarrassed the Broncos in recording setting fashion at ANZ Stadium.

The big win equaled the Rabbitohs' largest winning margin over the Broncos, matching their 44-12 victory in 2009 as the Bennett v Anthony Seibold grudge match failed to live up to the hype.

It was clear Bennett was relieved that his side played as well as they did and while he stopped short of kicking the Broncos while they were down, he did take a subtle dig at the club for showing him the door in favour of Seibold.

“I coach South Sydney and I’m not coaching them,” Bennett told the post-match press conference.

“They make their own decisions and they have to live with them and I have to live with mine.

“I’m not thinking about them too much. I’m just thinking about us and how we are playing and what we are doing.

“I didn’t come here to talk about them tonight. You’ve all done enough talking about them.

After eight rounds, the Rabbitohs, Storm and Roosters appear to be head and shoulders above everyone else, yet Bennett didn't get carried away about his side's premiership hopes this year. The master coach understands what it takes to win a a grand final and knows the season is too long to start separating teams from the rest of the pack.

"I think it's too early to say that," Bennett said.

"We're only through a third of the season this weekend.

"Some teams just take a little bit longer. The Storm and the Roosters have had long-term coaches, established teams, they just pick up where they left off and get on with it.

"Other teams have to rebuild and reshape themselves.

"The premiers aren't around yet.

"I wouldn't be writing anyone off. The teams down the bottom you could write off, the Parramatta's and the Canberra's and St George, they're all in the mix too."

The Rabbitohs provisionally moved to top spot on 14 points with a victory which equalled the club's biggest ever win over the Broncos.

But the Roosters and Storm can draw level in their respective games against the Wests Tigers and Cronulla over the next two days.

Souths down Broncos in Sydney

Souths have looked scratchy since their upset golden-point loss to Manly a month ago but found their level against the Broncos on Thursday night.

They had scores of standout performers including Cody Walker, who effectively broke the Broncos' back with two first-half tries and a try assist, and Tom Burgess who ran for 199 metres.

Skipper Sam Burgess was also exceptional, making 155 metres, scoring a try before receiving a standing ovation from the crowd of 13,643 as he came off with 10 minutes on the clock.

They proved their potential with a round-one win over premiers the Roosters but won't get a chance to test their mettle against the Storm until round 21.

Bennett said his side still had several gear changes left in them and risked being left in the dust if they continued to make simple errors coming out of their own end, which they did on several occasions against the Broncos.

"The scoreboard says we played pretty good but I think there's a lot more improvement in us," Bennett said.

"We put ourselves under some pressure and I think the good teams will hurt us if we do that."

-with AAP

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