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Quit focus on coaches, pleads Henjak

By Wayne Heming 14/09/2009 07:48:07 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak hopes Saturday night's home semi-final against Wayne Bennett's Dragons is about the players, not the coaches.

Bennett and another ex-Bronco Wendell Sailor returned to Suncorp Stadium in early April, ending rookie Henjak's unbeaten start to his NRL coaching career with a 25-12 win.

Henjak returned serve last month, taking a resurgent Broncos to WIN Stadium for a 12-2 upset he believes exorcised some demons for his players.

A semi-final pitting Bennett against the Broncos is box office gold.

But Henjak said on Monday beating up the looming battle with his former boss Bennett would be like watching a re-run of an old television series.

"I'm hoping people are over that. I'm hoping everyone has moved on from it," he told AAP.

"I don't want to keep answering or being asked questions about that.

"Craig Bellamy came up here this time last year as well, so it's nothing knew."

"Saturday is about two very good football sides with some very good players contesting a big game."

Brisbane chief executive said talking up Bennett's return to tackle the club he coached for 21 seasons and took to six premierships, was getting "old".

"It's becoming a bit old and boring to be truthful," Cullen said on Monday.

"We did it at the start of the year and again when we went down there just recently."

"This game isn't about Wayne and the Broncos or St George, it's a semi-final between two very good sides."

That may be true.

But the name Bennett in Brisbane or Queensland still makes Broncos' fans feel very nervous.

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