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Fuming Bennett’s awkward 80-second presser

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Wayne Bennett has allayed any fears over the health of South Sydney duo Adam Reynolds and Damien Cook in the course of the NRL’s shortest press convention of 2020.

Both Reynolds and Cook appeared troubled at completely different phases of Thursday evening’s loss to Penrith, earlier than the star pair each completed the match on the sector.

Reynolds’ hamstring appeared to hassle him late within the recreation, whereas Damien Cook at one level sought help from a coach over his knee.

“I do not assume it is too dangerous. I do not know what’s unsuitable with him,” Bennett mentioned of Reynolds.

When requested of Cook’s knee, Bennett mentioned: “He’s OK.”

The South Sydney coach’s press convention lasted simply 80 seconds following his facet’s 20-12 defeat.

With the main focus and discuss surrounding him and his future all week, Bennett provided up a complete of simply 88 phrases to eight post-match questions from the media.

It got here a day after he criticised a number of journalists over continuous hyperlinks made between he and different golf equipment for 2021.

Bennett is off contract on the Rabbitohs on the finish of subsequent 12 months, with Souths having already confirmed Jason Demetriou will take over in 2022.

Here’s the complete transcript of the press convention.

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

Wayne Bennett: No one plans for that so you do not assume it is coming.

Q: The set restarts have been 7-2 in opposition to you, was that balanced out tonight?

W.B: 7-2 would not stability out, so.

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

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W.B: They simply managed the ball higher than we did, gave themselves higher subject place. That’s the alternatives you get, we did not have loads of subject place, so.

Q: Did you could have a bother 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 is not it?

W.B: I do not know. I do not assume it is too dangerous. I do not know what’s unsuitable with him.

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

W.B: What?

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

W.B: Oh he is OK.

Q: He performs for the opposition Wayne however Nathan Cleary’s efficiency tonight?

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

Q: He performed fairly properly although mate, fairly managed recreation?

W.B: I’m happy for him, he is participant.

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