Bennett sees benefits for Broncos despite WCS defeat
Brisbane Broncos head coach Wayne Bennett believes his side will benefit from their latest participation in the World Club Series, but graciously acknowledged that Warrington Wolves were worthy winners on Saturday.
Warrington snapped an eight-match losing streak for Super League sides against NRL opposition by capitalising on a stunning opening quarter, which saw them score 20 unanswered points, to triumph 27-18 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Asked in a news conference if the Broncos - victorious on visits to England in 2015 and 2016 - were beaten fair and square, Bennett replied: "Absolutely, yeah - no complaints."
However, the veteran coach made it clear Brisbane did not regret travelling to the other side of the world two weeks ahead of the NRL season.
"We came here when four other teams pulled out, so we're extremely supportive of it [the World Club Series]," Bennett explained.
"It's great for us and we played a quality game of football, we wouldn't have got that in Australia in a trial match.
"We're going to go around a lot better prepared and knowing what we've got to work on .... and that's why I wanted to come here."
Discussing the Wolves' outstanding start, which saw debutant Kevin Brown play a starring role, Bennett said: "They played very well, Warrington. They were disciplined and put a lot of pressure on us and we fell apart a little bit there and it took us a while to get back.
"I think we kind of hung in there pretty good. We didn't play great at any stage of the game, but we stopped the flood of points, steadied the ship a little and made it a bit of a contest after that.
"It's a great result for Warrington. They deserved it, they played really good football. They would beat a lot of Australian-based teams on their performance.
"Full credit to them. It shows that they are capable. They were doing a lot of things right and we were doing a lot of things wrong."
Bennett, also the head coach of England, did raise a smile when asked to comment on the performance of Brown - a player he has selected at international level.
"Kevin Brown played a great game and controlled the game great, kicked extremely well, which I was pleased to see, as silly as it sounds," added the Broncos chief.