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Broncos players back Griffin

Laine Clark 23/03/2011 07:58:22 PM Comments (0)

In a welcome boost for Anthony Griffin, Broncos boss Paul White claims Brisbane's drought-breaking win in Canberra was a player show of support for the incumbent coach.

The pressure appeared to be off Griffin after the Broncos opened their 2011 account with their first victory in the nation's capital in six years.

But speculation about guru Wayne Bennett's potential 2012 return won't go away.

And even Broncos captain Darren Lockyer admitted on Wednesday they were "80 minutes away" from again coming under heavy scrutiny.

Especially with a danger game looming on Friday night against winless arch rivals Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park.

White confirmed on Wednesday their immediate focus was on results and not appointing their next coach.

But it still didn't stop him giving Griffin a timely shot in the arm.

Asked about the players' feedback on Griffin, White said: "I thought they gave plenty of feedback on Friday night (beating Canberra 20-4).

"To go somewhere where we had not won in six years, to lose a player in the warm-up then tough out a win like that ... that was the feedback (from players) I was looking for."

But White - and for that matter Griffin - did not have to be told they could not afford to relax on Friday night against a pumped-up Titans.

"The challenge for us is to back it up," White said.

"I was talking to the captain this morning and he said we are only 80 minutes away from having the spotlight on us if we don't aim up again this weekend.

"But the players are happy and they are ready to perform."

However, White would not speculate on Bennett who is yet to make up his mind over whether to stay at the Dragons, return to Brisbane or link with Newcastle.

Indeed, he almost lost his patience when asked if the win in Canberra meant the Broncos did not need Bennett.

"Does that mean we don't need Wayne Bennett?" he said. "We haven't got Wayne Bennett, we have Anthony Griffin coaching our side.

"We are two games into the year, our focus is on this weekend's game.

"There are no formal negotiations taking place - that hasn't changed."

White was then asked if he would like to see Bennett at the Broncos next year.

"In respect to everyone involved, including our current coach and those people we may consider for the job, I am not going to enter into a running commentary or make personal statements," he said.

"The priority has been to get our season off to a good start, that we get in behind our new coach.

"We are comfortable with where we are at.

"It's a really important game this weekend - that's our focus."

The Broncos are taking the Titans so seriously they have put a media ban on their players this week.

"That is a mark of respect for this game, how important we see it - the Titans (0-2 record) will have a sting in their tail," White said.

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