If you want to crack the code of a Wayne Bennett press conference, remember one thing: don’t make him repeat himself. After the Brisbane Broncos‘ 24-16 win over the Dolphins, Bennett commended his team for their gutsy performance in the face of a slow start. The Dolphins made a strong comeback in the second half, taking the lead with 15 minutes left on the clock. However, two tries from Selwyn Cobbo sealed the victory for the Broncos, pushing them to second place on the ladder. Bennett acknowledged the Dolphins‘ efforts and expressed his satisfaction with their performance.
When asked if the Dolphins had turned a corner after recent heavy defeats, Bennett was clearly unimpressed at having to cover old ground. He reminded the press that he had addressed this earlier in the conference, wondering if they had been paying attention.
Ahead of the Battle of Brisbane, Bennett surprised everyone with a selection change that saw Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow move from fullback to the centres, while Kodi Nikorima took on the No. 1 jersey. Nikorima made a significant impact, scoring a try, gaining 128 run metres, and busting through eight tackles. However, Tabuai-Fidow’s influence was limited in his new position, with only eight runs for 56 metres. Bennett defended the move, stating that they needed to address the issue in the centres and commending both players for their efforts.
Unfortunately, the Dolphins‘ finals hopes are now in jeopardy as they suffer their fourth consecutive loss. In addition, they were hit with injuries during the Battle of Brisbane. Hooker Jeremy Marshall-King, who had been playing with a shoulder injury since Round 13, may be sidelined for the rest of the season. Felise Kaufusi also failed a head injury assessment early in the first half. Tough times lie ahead for the Dolphins as they fight to keep their finals dreams alive.