South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett bristled at questions over what made star fullback Latrell Mitchell emotional at full-time of his side's 40-12 win over the Warriors on Friday.
Mitchell had a huge hand in his team winning back-to-back games for the first time this season but was also involved in some dramas through the match.
A high tackle on David Fusitu'a forced the Warriors winger out of the game due to a HIA while he also took exception to some extra treatment from hooker Wayde Egan in a tackle, leading to some push and shove late in the match.
The 23-year-old left the field in tears after full-time being consoled by teammates and Bennett, having spoken to Mitchell in the sheds before his press conference, was not in any mood to shed light on the matter.
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"No I'm not going to tell you why," Bennett fired.
"It's got nothing to do with you, to be honest with you.
"He may well have been [upset] but it's got nothing to do with you. The change room for me has always been a sacred place and unfortunately the game gave away a lot of our rights to those places but in my mind and in my head, it's a place where we can go and be who we want to be and not have to answer anyone."
Pressed on whether fans had a right to know what was going on, Bennett continued: "the fans would love to know a lot of things that we don't tell them, OK?
"They won't be disappointed, they'll understand my position on it."
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Bennett would not confirm whether it was related to something that happened on the field.
"I've just explained it to you. If you keep asking the questions I'm not going to answer them because I don't want to say," he said.
Drama aside, Bennett welcomed Mitchell's continuing improvement in the fullback position.
"I still don't think he's at his best yet but he's going in the right direction," Bennett said.
"He's been consistent and playing mistake-free which is important for a fullback."
The comprehensive win was tempered by the news young forward Tom Amone had suffered a suspected ruptured ACL.
Cody Walker's try and two try assists in his 100th NRL appearance was cause for celebration, however.
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"I like Cody because he wasn't going to let anybody rain on his parade he made sure he played well," Bennett said.
"He was outstanding, he didn't look like he was sweating when he came in, he had one of those nights where he played so well didn't have to do a lot to get those moments.
"The players inside did all the work and he just grabbed moments when they came."