Wayne Bennett has made a troubling admission in the wake of his Rabbitohs’ demolition at the hands of the Storm.
Master coach Wayne Bennett has made the troubling admission that he had seen a demolition looming despite riding a seven-game winning streak.
Bennett’s hunch proved true as the Melbourne Storm steamrolled to a 50-0 thrashing of his South Sydney Rabbitohs at Stadium Australia on Thursday night, inspired by Josh Addo-Carr’s six tries.
Bennett said the thumping didn’t surprise him despite the fact the Rabbitohs hadn’t lost a game since falling to the Storm in Melbourne in round one.
“We probably got what we deserved,” Bennett told reporters after the match.
“I thought we have been heading that way in the last couple of weeks and managed to pull games out of the fire – and Melbourne are too good for that.
“It was coming. That’s what I was on about last week in Canberra. It just got worse tonight against a really quality team.”
The injury-ravaged Rabbitohs, who among others were missing Latrell Mitchell, Adam Reynolds, Cameron Murray and Josh Mansour, were dominated on the stats sheet.
Melbourne completed 92 per cent of their sets to South Sydney’s 68, garnered 1756 metres to the hosts’ 995, registered nine line-breaks to zero, missed just 11 tackles to 28 and made only five errors to 11.
South Sydney were also kept scoreless for the first time since round 17 of season 2016, when they suffered a 20-0 defeat at the hands of the North Queensland Cowboys in Cairns.
“We are better than that,” Bennett said of his side’s 50-0 hiding at the hands of the Storm.
“We might not have won the game, but we are a lot better than what we played out there tonight.”
The good news for Rabbitohs fans is they now have the luxury of a nine-day turnaround ahead of their clash with the Cronulla Sharks.
That’ll see Bennett’s troops face the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium in Magic Round next Saturday.
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