Wayne Bennett is so chuffed about the Dolphins‘ team song that he butted in on captain Jesse Bromwich to reveal its origins after the breathtaking win over the Roosters on Sunday afternoon.
Bromwich was asked about the Dolphins’ song as he fielded questions with Bennett after the club defeated the Roosters 28-18, marking its inaugural NRL game in remarkable fashion.
Bennett jumped at the chance to talk about the song after the team’s first post-win rendition of it in the Suncorp Stadium sheds.
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“It’s an interesting story. I don’t want to cut into Jesse, but he won’t tell the whole story,” Bennett said.
“We went away on a pre-season camp for three or four days and I said to them, ‘We haven’t got a team song’ … and a couple of hours later the senior players led by these guys — (Felise) Kaufusi, him (Jesse) and his brother (Kenneath) — had a great song.
“We’ve sung it 10 or 12 times now at things we’ve done.
“It’s a tremendous theme song, it’s a real credit to them, it’s theirs and they own it, we had one today and we sung it. It was great.”
More than 35,000 people packed into Suncorp Stadium as the Dolphins met the Roosters on a history-making occasion.
Making for a fine trivia question in 10 years’ time, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow scored the first NRL try in the club’s history, looming up on Jeremy Marshall-King’s inside and streaking away in the 16th minute.
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Another terrific moment saw Kaufusi hammer Egan Butcher in a tackle, before standing over the Roosters second-rower and letting him know about it.
The Dolphins secured their first lead in history when Connelly Lemuelu charged onto a Sean O’Sullivan short ball and barged over in the 47th minute.
Dolphins fans at Suncorp Stadium erupted, just as they did when Jamayne Isaako twice dotted down in an astonishing statement by the new kids on the block just before the hour mark.
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Bennett was the coach of the Broncos when they won their inaugural game in the top league in 1988, steering Brisbane to a 44-10 victory over Manly at Lang Park.
“I think the Broncos had 15,000 the day that we played our first game all those years ago,” Bennett said.
“So, 30,000-plus here today and it was a great atmosphere.
“It was a great atmosphere that day, as well, but today was pretty special.
“To see all the colours (was fantastic). We even had the grandstand seats our colours: red and gold.
“So, it was a very, very, very good day.”
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