Wayne Bennett trolls media over Latrell Mitchell criticism following Rabbitohs’ rout of Broncos
Wayne Bennett trolled reporters with a series of short and sarcastic answers about superstar South Sydney full-back Latrell Mitchell following his side’s 35-6 demolition of the Brisbane Broncos on Thursday night.
Mitchell continued his blistering start to the 2021 campaign with another dominant performance against Kevin Walters’ struggling squad.
The superstar full-back scored two of the Rabbitohs’ six tries, set up another and slotted a field-goal for good measure at Stadium Australia.
Mitchell and Bennett both came in for heavy criticism following ex-Sydney Rooster’s first few appearances for the Rabbitohs in the No.1 jumper last season.
Most pundits declared the then incumbent Kangaroos centre was not a full-back and openly questioned the veteran coach’s decision to hand his prize recruit the No.1 jumper.
Bennett exacted some revenge on the media on Thursday night with a series of verbal jabs in response to questions about his in-form full-back at his post-match press conference.
“Well, if we get him playing well, we’ll see a lot more of him,” Bennett quipped when asked for a comment on the 23-year-old’s performance.
Why do you say that, Wayne?
“Well, you were all looking at him last year and you told me he couldn’t play and that he couldn’t play full-back,” Bennett added.
“So I get confused, I’ll just sit on the sidelines and let you guys do all the commentary.”
Informed Mitchell is in fact playing very well in the No.1 jumper, Bennett declared: “I don’t think he’s playing where he can play.”
Pressed on how good the two-time premiership winner can become, Bennett deadpanned:
“That’s a conversation I’ll have with him.”
So you’re saying he’s not at the peak of his powers as a full-back yet?
“I thought he was pretty good the first time I saw him, I don’t know if he’s getting better,” he quipped.