Internationals well we at least know who one of the kiwi wingers is .


Bennett blasts Kiwis

Apr 30, 2006

Furious Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett blasted New Zealand officials for telling Broncos winger Tame Tupou he had been selected for his maiden test against Australia before Saturday night's NRL game against Canberra.

Tupou, who had scored six tries prior to Saturday night's game, turned in an absolute shocker on the wing as Brisbane won a bizarre game 30-28 after being down 0-18 at half time.

Bennett unleashed a stinging attack on the Kiwis after the game claiming they had messed with Tupou's head by telling him he'd been picked.

New Zealand coach Brian "Bluey" McClennan told Tupou on Wednesday he was playing in the Anzac Test and Bennett knew the giant winger would struggle to keep his focus.

"That's irresponsible to be honest," steamed Bennett.

"If he's played 30 tests like Darren (Lockyer) they handle it a lot better.

"But when it's your first test match for your country, it's a huge occasion. I'd have played like he played tonight.

"I just can't believe they had to tell him.

"They could have rung him tonight after the game.

"I'm very supportive of all the rep football as you know, but that just gets up your nose.

"To tell someone in his position that he's about to play in his first test match just really plays with you head.

Bennett said he was confident Tupou would recover from the horror game and play well next Friday for the Kiwis.

The giant winger was embarrassed about his display, almost in a daze after the game.

"I just don't know what happened," said Tupou who made a mountain of errors.

"I was probably over confident with people watching me and expecting me to step up a bit.

"I probably tried to do some things that I shouldn't have done.

"Hopefully when I get into camp with the boys they'll get me back rolling again."

The Broncos piled on 24 points in ten minutes after half time to wipe the deficit.

When fullback Karmichael Hunt scored his second try in the 53rd minute they hit the front 24-18.

Canberra regained the lead 28-24 when fullback Clinton Schifcofske out-muscled four defenders in the 62nd minute before Broncos centre Justin Hodges capped another great game with the match-winning try in the 67th off a smart Shane Perry pass.

"It was just weird," said Bennett of the amazing 80 minutes.

His captain Darren Lockyer, who passed Michael DeVere as the club's all-time leading point scorer with he scored soon after half time to spark the comeback, agreed.

"It was a freakish game. I don't think I've ever been involved on one like that."

Canberra veteran Jason Croker almost celebrated his 300th game with a win.

He did his best, scoring a try in the 25th minute but his effort was in vain.

Raiders coach Matthew Elliott blew up about several contentious video referee calls, especially a stripping penalty late in the game on Tupou when his side was pressing Brisbane's try line.

Elliott described the stripping penalty as a "massive call"

Schifcofske questioned why the video referee had made some calls and not others saying the outcome of games affected people's lives and those who bet on games.
Oh go F*** yourself Bennet. He should stop trying to run the world.
Ffs bennett. Your an old man, who cant handle when his players play crap..he's lucky they still won!!
Okay ... so if Tupou was told that he would be selected, and then promptly goes out and has a shocker, should he still be selected??

Maybe it was all a ploy by Bluey to see how Tupou would respond to the extra pressure? Sounds like he failed to me. Or hopefully he's got all the nerves out of the way now and can go out and smash them on Friday.

P.S - Bennett is a tool.
Bennett has sour grapes over the tri nations bashing he got. what will he say next sat morning?????
danco said:
Bennett has sour grapes over the tri nations bashing he got. what will he say next sat morning?????

Well if we win..he'll probably say we cheated. And if the kangeroos win, he'll probably say something about sticky ricky stuart
It's a storm in a teacup.
I'm worried about Tupou's D backing up & his skills under the high ball.
Utai's a solid player....why are we obsessed with picking 'giants'?????
i wouldve expected tupou to fire up after being told he was gonna play for the kiwis. i think that's why bluey told him.
I saw a clip on the news that said that Benji is available and they showed him going to the Gold Coast where the Kiwis are based, along side him was Jamaal lolesi


Lolesi is terrible this season

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