The simmering off-field rivalry between South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett and the Brisbane Broncos mentor Anthony Seibold has cooked this week.
The bad blood started last year when Bennett wanted to stay the last year of his contract in Brisbane, despite registering with Seibold in 2020.
The Broncos finally called and the swap happened.
But in December Seibold lashed out at Bennett's impact on his children.
It led to the spicy feud between the two clubs and two mentors.
The word war heated up this week when, prior to the second clash between the parties in 2019, when Bennett's assistant Jason Demetriou swept after Seibold seemed to have the honor of Rabbitoh's style.
Damien Cook and Adam Reynolds said there had been an evolution under Bennett, but Demetriou got harder by saying that teams had discovered the attack on his part in the 2018 final series.
Seibold struck back and said that Demetriou & # 39; dirty & # 39; used to be. He did not get the Broncos job.
"He has clearly forgotten a few things and that is probably why he is not a head coach at the moment – his attention to detail is clearly a bit different," Seibold said.
“One thing I learned a long time ago is that as an assistant coach you put your head down, run wild and work hard. You don't have to promote yourself.
"I am not sure if he is dirty that his name has not come up for a few head coaching positions lately."
Bennett was in the front of the media and asked about the barbs, but the boss of Rabbitoh didn't want it.
“Leave me out of it, do you want? It has nothing to do with me. I did not say it and I did not tell anyone to say anything about it, & said Bennett and replied to speculation that he was behind Demetriou's quotes. "If I cared, I would say something to him (Demetriou) and I didn't say anything to him."
Seibold replied that it was simply a misunderstanding about the claims that he was honoring the Rabbitohs' attack.
"Regarding the comment I think you're talking about, I actually gave South Sydney a rap when I said they throw a lot at you and a lot hasn't changed," Seibold said.
“I meant that (five-eighth) Cody Walker is in the top two or three attacking players in the competition, (hooker) Damien Cook is dynamic from the dummy half and (half-back) Adam Reynolds has the best kicking game in the competition .
"So I actually gave their team a rap."
Still, Seibold couldn't resist getting another chip when asked if Brisbane, in turn, was back after his round eight with 38-6 hammering from South Sydney.
He said, "I don't even know who Jason is to be honest" before he shot Bennett.
"They were too good for us – maybe Jason was coaching that week," he smiled.
Seibold also has some heavyweight support with former Brisbane-awesome Chris Johns behind the reigning coach of the year to end the NRL premiership drought of Broncos as they can overcome Souths on Friday night.
Two-time premier player Johns initially refused Seibold's appointment as Brisbane coach this year after good buddy Kevin Walters was overlooked, rejecting the former South Sydney mentor as & # 39; unproven & & # 39; and claimed the Rabbitohs & # 39; stifled & # 39; in 2018 under his rule.
A player hoping to get some payback on Seibold will be James Roberts, who switched from the Broncos to Rabbitohs after being dumped to rank after the collision of the eighth round.
Bennett supported Roberts to become a match winner. "He (James) does things that other players can't do. James played pretty well. He had one of his best matches (against the Bulldogs) last weekend without being brilliant.
“He still finds his feet, he only came here mid-season. But he is happy that he is back in Sydney and he has good people around him. & # 39;
But Roberts & uncle and old manager Jeremy Donovan told The Daily Telegraphhis cousin would "stick his finger toward him" in the collision.
Johns, however, changed his number after Brisbane had risen to seventh place with only one loss in their last seven games prior to their battle with ex-Broncos coach Wayne Bennett & Rabbitohs.
"I think it's going well," Johns told AAP.
“They are a young side, they are an exciting team on paper and they have shown promising results so far.
"But this is semi-final football that came a few weeks early.
"If they don't win these, I'd say they can kiss their season goodbye.
"But if they win it and show what they are talking about, they might end up in the final because it is a very open season with only Sydney Schedules as clear favorites." It is far from Johns & # 39; first assessment by Seibold.
Johns was so angry after former teammate Walters had not replaced Bennett as Brisbane coach this year, he claimed that Broncos CEO Paul White should be fired if Seibold was unsuccessful.
– with AAP
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