Rugby convert Valynce Te Whare stars in Wayne Bennett’s 900th game as coach


“I feel [what] we’re going to seek out with Val is he’s a big-match participant,” Bennett mentioned.


“The larger the event, the higher he’ll play. There’s just a few gamers which have that and it’s a part of his DNA.”

His personal milestone nonetheless acquired quick shrift, although Andrew Abdo did current him with a mounted golden Steeden to mark the event. The resilience of a Dolphins outfit that continues to shock ultimately acquired the Tremendous Coach speaking and, to be honest, was probably the most compelling take-away of the night time.

“We had three high quality forwards out tonight and a few good backs lacking,” Bennett mentioned, having shifted Kodi Nikorima to centre when Euan Aitken was sidelined with a hamstring damage.

“We give guys a jersey they usually get the job executed. It’s fairly outstanding. Nobody minds the place they’re taking part in, they only wish to be a part of it.”

Bennett could have even cracked that Clint Eastwood smirk when it was Anthony Milford, one of the crucial maligned gamers he’s coached, who put a briefly threatened Cronulla comeback on ice.

Te Whare’s second attempt was placed on a platter by Milford, who got here off the bench, broke the road after which flicked a magnificence out the again for the 22-year-old to attain in entrance of a private cheer squad that had flown in from New Zealand.

Nicho Hynes: “There’s a lot of things I could’ve done better.”

Nicho Hynes: “There’s a variety of issues I may’ve executed higher.”Credit score: Getty

Te Whare’s earlier attempt was the Dolphins’ third and got here in simply the twenty second minute. When Connelly Leumelu and Tesi Niu joined the scoresheet, the Dolphins had 30 factors in as many minutes.

Cronulla did rating two tries inside 4 minutes however by no means really threatened. Coach Craig Fitzgibbon may see the lesson in being out-enthused by the Dolphins, however Hynes was significantly despondent afterwards.

“I’m all the time shattered after we lose, I hate shedding,” Hynes mentioned. “I simply can’t put a finger on why that occurred and I take losses personally and there’s a variety of issues I may’ve executed higher.”

For Bennett although, not a foul night time to be a coach in spite of everything.

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