A spray or not a spray? That is Wayne's question
As Wayne Bennett’s press conference was in full swing on Thursday morning, a sprayed football from the training field lobbed like a grenade in the middle of the media scrum and brushed past the Broncos coach, with grins all round.
Plenty of grenades have been thrown by former Brisbane Broncos players and journalists at the ineptitude of the team's round-one performance against St George Illawarra, so maybe the scribes were the target.
Or maybe it was a Broncos player upset with the expletive-laden "spray" Bennett gave certain players at training on Monday for sloppy technique in drills, seen by those on hand and heard by the marvellous modern technology that picks up this kind of thing in the 21st century.
To spray or not to spray. That was the question at Broncos HQ. Or more to the point, did it really happen at all?
The wily coach was his inscrutable self when asked how the lads had responded to his "strong words" on Monday.
"Did I have strong words with them?" was his response.
It was pointed out the players, in the way players do, had already confirmed it
"Did they? Maybe they just haven’t been roused on for a while. They weren’t that strong," Bennett kind of grinned.
As for whether the mystery words did the trick the coach said he had "no idea".
"I’ll find out tomorrow night. I’ve got to go to the game like you. I’ve got no pre-warnings about what will happen and what won’t happen," he quipped.
Next question: Did Bennett feel that there had been a drop in intensity at training and some players needed to be spoken to? "No."
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One more query for you Wayne: So you weren’t animated any more than usual? "I wasn’t. No."
That’s that then. The coach seemed to be having fun and was certainly in top form before Friday night's home clash with the North Queensland Cowboys, even if his players weren’t a week earlier.
All of this was said by Bennett with a half grin/half sneer that Clint Eastwood liked to showcase when he asked a punk to make his day.
It would be over-stretching it to say the line of questioning made Bennett’s day but if the players respond well to his strong words, which remain in dispute according to the coach, maybe they will make his Friday night.