«We haven’t seen any video or anything of Brisbane,» hooker Damien Cook said. «It’s a bit different … a bit different to last week. But he’s been really good at making sure we just do our job. It does work because he points out where we can be better from last time.»
Bennett’s fortunes couldn’t have been scripted better after being sacked by the Broncos last year with one year left to run on his deal, his Rabbitohs powering to a share of the NRL competition lead with just one loss in their first seven rounds.
We haven’t seen any video or anything of Brisbane. It’s a bit different … a bit different to last week.
Seibold’s Broncos breathed life into their season with just their second victory over a decimated Sharks, but the build-up to the clash against the Rabbitohs has sharpened the focus on his relationship with South Sydney’s senior players.
Cody Walker insisted he and Seibold remained friends and South Sydney’s players conceded the long-touted coaching swap dragged on for too long last summer.
«He’s a great coach and a great bloke,» Walker said of Seibold. «To lose a guy like that, it was obviously disappointing.
«But in turn we get a guy like Wayne Bennett who is one of the best coaches to ever coach the game and has been around the game for 30 years. It was a win-win situation I think.
«We wanted a bit of clarity [last year] because [the speculation] went on for a little bit too long in my opinion. We just wanted to know what decision they were going to make. It needed to happen.»
Bennett has a three-year deal with the Rabbitohs which will take him through to the end of the 2021 season — and Rabbitohs players insisted his first clash against the Broncos in charge of South Sydney wouldn’t take on a tiny bit more significance.
«Probably not,» halfback Adam Reynolds said when posed the question. «In the end it’s two competition points to be won so every game is as important as the last one. He’s been at other clubs before and coaches against old clubs, so he’s used to it all by now.
«Obviously everyone has reasons in why they do things and he’s no different. We ended up with, in my eyes, the greatest coach of all time. [We’re] so happy he’s here now.
«Things fell out towards the back of the year with [Seibold] leaving and a new coach coming – but that’s all behind us now. [Bennett] hasn’t been any different throughout this week, so it’s business as usual.»
Adam Pengilly is a Sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.