Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett lit the fuse ahead of his club’s upcoming blockbuster against the Broncos, saying the match will be “the easiest game in the world to coach”.
The Dolphins have shocked the league with their 3-0 start to the season, with Bennett’s team proving to be hard nosed and battle tested for close games, a benefit of recruiting veteran players who have played in big games.
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In Friday night’s match against the Knights, the Dolphins showed the same resilience they displayed over the opening two weeks to slay Newcastle late, 36-20.
In the post match press conference Bennett couldn’t avoid his side’ next clash against the Broncos, with the expansion team playing their local rivals for the first time in a historic clash for the NRL.
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However, Bennett did his best to not add to the hype surrounding the clash saying he had “no idea” what the week would be like.
As reporters poked the master coach for more, he said there weren’t any nerves going into the match.
“There’s no pressure this week. It’s (the derby) the easiest game in the world to coach,” Bennett said.
“Everybody wants to play in it. If you’re a football player you want to be there at the best stadium in Australia. I don’t think anyone will need motivating to be there.”
Captain Jesse Browmich was asked about his side’s gritty nature after they came from behind to beat the Knights. The Dolphins hung on to win with 12 men after Felise Kaufusi was sent to the sin bin in the dying stages of the match. Bromwich praised his side’s work ethic, saying it will help them over the course of the season.
“Being able to win games, especially early on in the season, is really important. I’m really happy with the way the boys are able to respond to things that are going wrong on the field,” Bromwich said.
“We’re a new team, we’ve only been together since January, and obviously it’s going to take time to build chemistry. But what we have got on our side is we’re a team full of workers. That’s working for us at the moment.”
Bennett also praised his side’s will to win away from home for the first time.
“It was our first game away today, we needed to come here today and do this,” he added.
“We can get on with the season, we played at Suncorp and we played at our home ground and we played our first away game.
“You can’t ask for more than that. I think we all know the consequences of 0-3, so it’s a good place to be.”
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