Posted: 18 October, 2016
Wayne Bennett speaks with Krisnan Inu and Steve Matai during a New Zealand training session in 2008 Photo: Getty Images
Wayne Bennett might turn struggling England into a side capable of winning the Four Nations virtually overnight, Triple M Grill Team's Matty Johns has warned.
Matty Johns recalled the time he was calling a semi-final when the Kiwis, who were being coached by Wayne Bennett, beat England.
“I was calling the semi-final up in Newcastle and the Kiwis beat England, they weren't that flash, they played OK and they beat England,” said Matty Johns.
“Apparently Stephen Kearney said when they went down to the dressing sheds after the game all the Kiwis were dancing around and celebrating and cheering because for them it was job done.
“They’d achieved what they were expected to achieve — make the World Cup final and then, look, it didn’t matter what was going to happen next because they were up against the Aussies and they weren’t expected to beat the Aussies.
“Anyway, they were all sort of celebrating and laughing and Wayne Bennett, who’d hardly said anything the whole campaign, said ‘sit down’.
“And said ‘I don’t know what you’re laughing at, I don’t know what you’re laughing at, I don’t know what you’re smiling about, you’re disgraceful!’ - giving it to some of the senior players.
“And he outlined, he said ‘look, you think you’ve done your job? You’ve got to be kidding. We’re going to win this thing ...’ and gave a bit of a talk about beating the Aussies.
“What happens? A week later they beat Australia up at Suncorp Stadium.”
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