Rumours of discontent at Souths have in all probability been vastly exaggerated, however questions stay as as to if Wayne Bennett’s teaching type will slot in on the Rabbitohs.
Bennett’s teaching type, with a extra inflexible disciplined strategy, might not swimsuit lots of the Rabbitohs gamers.
The Burgess twins have usually not put within the arduous yards or met statistical targets early within the NRL season, however is tough to see what choices Bennett has out there on this regard.
Bennett himself can not anticipate to ship a premiership in his first season as coach at Souths if his expertise on the Dragons (second-year premiership), Knights (nowhere close to something) and return to the Broncos is something to go by.
Any first yr coach will want time to mould his crew however, with the late preseason changeover from the Broncos, there may be not a lot time earlier than the season begins in March and no alternative for hiring new gamers.
Bennett additionally introduced no gamers with him to Souths in contrast to the gamers he poached from the Dragons when he moved to Newcastle, however Brisbane ex-assistant coach Jason Demetriou, who has moved, will present Bennett with nice help at Souths.
Bennett has additionally indicated Maroons skipper Greg Inglis is prone to transfer again to fullback, casting doubts over Alex Johnston’s place within the squad. The views of Inglis and Johnston usually are not recognized however could possibly be contributing to the grumbling.
Souths, with no main offseason signings aside from Bennett, have restricted choices out there and the coach might want to get extra out of the prevailing squad than Anthony Seibold managed final yr.
One additionally wonders how Bennett will deal with the enter from 50 per cent proprietor Russell Crowe and the way Crowe will deal with Bennett’s communication expertise.
The departure of Angus Crichton to the Roosters means a reshuffle within the pack, with one among Sam Burgess and Cameron Murray, who Bennett ought to like together with his work charge, prone to shift wider.
Cody Walker can anticipate issues with Bennett’s strategy to teaching, however choices can be found with Adam Doueihi having performed effectively in 2018.
I’m not certain why Souths regarded Bennett important for 2019, however it appears like his preliminary impression shall be restricted and that Souths followers might want to stay up for 2020.
The Rabbitohs play the Panthers and the Dragons within the trials which ought to give a superb indication of the place they’re at in 2019.