Wayne Bennett holds fiery 80-second press conference after loss

South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett didn’t have time for the media following his sides 20-12 defeat at the hands of the Penrith Panthers.

If you blink you would have missed the legendary NRL coach’s post-game press conference as he rattled off short answers before ultimately walking out less than 90-seconds after walking in.

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Media speculation spiked throughout the week with Bennett being linked to a host of other coaching positions around the league and the constant chatter clearly still irks him.

Unfortunately for the awaiting media pack, he decided they would be in the firing line for his anger after Thursday’s game.

Of course it isn’t the record for the shortest NRL press-conference, but the stares of Bennett would be enough to turn any reporter away. After an awkward eight-second lull following his final answer, the coach stood up and that was all she wrote.


Here’s the full transcript from the frosty presser.

You can watch the entire exchange in the video player above

Q: Wayne the errors and ill-discipline, was there anything that made you think that was coming tonight?

Wayne Bennett: No one plans for that so you don’t think it’s coming.

Q: The set restarts were 7-2 against you, was that balanced out tonight?

W.B: 7-2 doesn’t balance out, so.

Q: What did you make of the rulings on the set restarts?

W.B: They just controlled the ball better than we did, gave themselves better field position. That’s the opportunities you get, we didn’t have a lot of field position, so.

Q: Did you have a trouble with the sin-bins, Wayne?

W.B: No.

Q: Adam Reynolds, how’s his hamstring?

W.B: How’s his what?

Q: It’s his hamstring isn’t it?

W.B: I don’t know. I don’t think it’s too bad. I don’t know what’s wrong with him.

Q: Were there any concerns for Damien as well, was it his knee at one stage?

W.B: What?

Q: Cooky, at one stage was it his knee?

W.B: Oh he’s OK.

Q: He plays for the opposition Wayne but Nathan Cleary’s performance tonight?

W.B: I wasn’t watching Nathan Cleary to be honest with you.

Q: He played pretty well though mate, pretty controlled game?

W.B: I’m pleased for him, he’s a good player.

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