South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett has lashed back in the simmering war of words between the competition’s biggest hitters.
Wayne Bennett refuses to discuss Storm
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Bennett hits back in interstate NRL storm
Bennett also preferred not to get embroiled in debate around the Storm’s wrestling antics.
“I’m not here to pass judgment on the Storm or anybody else today,” he said ahead of the Rabbitohs’ clash with Canterbury on Saturday night. “We played last Sunday. As a footy team, we’ve all moved on and I need to move on with the rest of the team and get on with what’s in front of us tomorrow.”
But the veteran mentor said he wasn’t surprised to see Storm prop Nelson Asofa- Solomona escape the wrath of the NRL match review committee for his elbow to South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds.
“Well, we’re getting a lot of things wrong at the moment with that part of the game. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” Bennett said. “It’s done now. It didn’t warrant any more action than that. That’s what the people who make that decision thought so we’ve got to live with it.” Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy believes his table-toppers team should be praised for their hard work rather than constantly criticised for their tactics. Bellamy said in his 18 years at the club he’d never been involved with a squad of players who worked so hard and that they deserve their success.
“The thing that irks me and disappoints me is that it’s like all we do at training is plan to take short-cuts or plan to exploit rules when this group is probably the hardest working group I’ve ever worked with here at the Storm,” he said.
“And that’s why we are where we are on the ladder – it’s because of the work ethic of the group and individuals – and the players don’t get enough credit for that.”
He said rather than focus on how they can bend the rules, his players had worked on their weakness such as their attack which was spluttering early in the season but now lead the competition in points scored.
“We thought we were a little bit short in a couple of areas in that last year and early this year we were clunky there at stages but that’s an area that they’ve worked really hard on,” Bellamy said.
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