Through the press conference, Bennett responded to a total of 16 questions using fewer words (216 to be precise) than the reporter used while asking the questions.
Despite the loss, Bennett maintained a calm demeanour throughout the press conference, without showing any signs of anger or frustration.
Yet, the journalist persisted with their questioning, elucidating on various aspects of the game. One such point of discussion included a contentious penalty near the end of the match when Dolphins‘ forward Herman Ese’ese was penalised for a scrum infringement.
Nonetheless, this was only one line of inquiry that Bennett adeptly neutralised, demonstrating the interviewing skills he’s honed over his coaching career, throughout a short two-and-a-half-minute-long media interaction.
During the press conference, Bennett deflected a slew of questions, while asserting that this was simply his opinion and not necessarily up for public consumption. He did, however, praise the atmosphere in Perth, and Jamayne Isaako‘s exceptional performance, which saw him secure his second hat-trick of the season.
This unique press conference interaction drew comments from Fox League’s Yvonne Sampson, who believed Bennett “did not seem in the mood.” Fellow commentators Cooper Cronk and Mal Meninga had a more light-hearted perspective on the situation.