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Bennett still the master coach

By Wayne Heming 04/04/2009 01:38:58 PM Comments (0)

Wayne Bennett's broad smile gave it away.

It was the same smile he wore after helping underdogs New Zealand upset Australia in the World Cup final at Suncorp Stadium last November.

But if anyone believed Bennett put pressure on his players to beat the side he coached for 21 years because it would mean the world to him, they don't know Wayne Bennett.

"Wayne was very composed and I say that honestly," said Dragons winger Wendell Sailor who won over the big crowd again.

"If it meant something special, he didn't let on too much and that's the truth.

"He even told us on Wednesday 'boys, I don't want anyone talking about me or how I'm feeling'."

"He didn't show too much, all he worried about was what we had to do as a team."

Bennett would have kept the lid on all the hype and hoopla in the build up to the clash.

While he no doubt got great satisfaction from the win but what was more important to him was that the Dragons came to Suncorp Stadium and played well and played to his game plan.

Nothing really changed for Bennett, except for the red and white shirt he wore and the visitors dressing room he occupied.

In his 21 years with Brisbane he was always warmer to the media following a loss than a win.

That didn't change on Friday night after his Dragons upset the Broncos 25-12, ending coach Ivan Henjak's unbeaten start.

Apart from taking good natured pot shots at Sailor and questioning the media's criticism of halfback Jamie Soward who had a cracker of a game, Bennett as usual wouldn't talk up the win or single out players for special mention.

"The issue for us is not a step forward, the issue is to be able to do things on a regular basis," said a clinical Bennett.

"That's what we're trying to drive right now, it's too early to be running around getting carried away with one decent night when we did a bit more with the football than we have in the last three.

"Talk to me in a few months time when we are consistently doing it week after week and I might be a lot happier than I am right now."

Somehow though you get the feeling he was pretty happy on Friday night as he walked past some Bronco officials he'd fallen out with him towards the end of his time with Brisbane.

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