Pres­sure is on Ben­nett

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

BRON­COS leg­ends be­lieve Wayne Ben­nett has lost his aura and is un­der mount­ing pres­sure to break the long­est premier­ship drought in Bris­bane’s his­tory.

Bris­bane foun­da­tion prop Greg Dowling claims Ben Hunt’s sign­ing with the Dragons and Jar­rod Wal­lace’s de­par­ture to the Ti­tans is ev­i­dence Ben­nett has lost his pulling power.

Ben­nett re­turned to Aus­tralia on Mon­day night re­fus­ing to dis­cuss Bris­bane’s shock 27-18 loss to War­ring­ton in the World Club Series.

It has been 11 years since Ben­nett de­liv­ered Bris­bane’s most re­cent ti­tle in 2006 and former Ma­roons en­forcer Dowling says the 67-year-old is strug­gling.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent ball game for Wayne – his and the Bron­cos’ aura has gone,” Dowling said.

“When you have a young player like Ben Hunt who leaves the club, you have to won­der if he’s lost his aura.

“Once upon a time, play­ers stayed at the Bron­cos for less money just to be coached by Wayne. Now that’s not hap­pen­ing.

“Wayne is get­ting older and he has big­ger is­sues than he may have thought. The Bron­cos will strug­gle this year.”

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