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Next Game: The Season has finished
Benji-gate as Bennett backs Milford
23 Mar 2017
Wayne Bennett has defended Anthony Milford's work ethic, slamming a report the Brisbane five-eighth takes short cuts at training.

Wayne Bennett has had enough.

The Brisbane coach has launched a scathing attack on an "out of control" media after being forced to confront Benji Marshall over reports the NRL veteran was alarmed by teammate Anthony Milford's lack of professionalism.

Bennett reached boiling point on Thursday after reportedly making a police complaint about a News Corp photographer attempting to take a picture of him and his partner at his Brisbane home in recent weeks.

A News Corp reporter was told at Thursday's press conference Bennett would not answer his questions.

"To be quite candid I am over a lot of things," Bennett said ahead of Friday night's clash with Canberra.

"I've lost the changeroom, I've lost my aura. It is just rubbish that you are making up there.

"It is just ridiculous. It's offensive actually."

Bennett still felt compelled to clear the air with Marshall after Fox Sports' NRL 360 program claimed the veteran was alarmed by Milford's lack of work ethic.

It claimed Milford "enjoyed his off-season" and would take short cuts in the gym "if no one was looking".

The claims came after Brisbane reportedly tabled a new three-year, $2.7 million deal for Milford.

"I was quick to jump on it. I confronted the player this morning who allegedly made the comment and he never made the comment. The journalist made it up," Bennett said.

"We don't have a problem with Anthony Milford in any shape, form or manner.

"I needed to talk to that player (Marshall) to make sure that comment hadn't been made.

"When you are at a workplace, in-house stuff should stay there (and) we are no different.

"But the player assured me - and I believe the player - that he never spoke to the journalist and never gave him that information

"But Anthony doesn't have a poor work ethic, he's not taking any short cuts."

Bennett said he hoped Milford finished his career at Brisbane.

"That's what we are aiming for. There'll be no 10-year deal though," Bennett said, referring to North Queensland forward Jason Taumalolo's mammoth Cowboys deal this week.

Bennett was also unimpressed with Fox Sports' treatment of backrower Sam Thaiday.

Thaiday was this week fined $2100 after being found guilty of contrary conduct at the NRL judiciary for pulling the injured thumb of Melbourne forward Jesse Bromwich in Brisbane's 14-12 last round loss.

"We are all offended what happened with Sam," Bennett said.

"They (Fox Sports) ran a poll on whether it was right or wrong long before the judiciary.

"It is getting silly, out of control."

Marshall will slot back to 18th man for the Raiders clash after centre Tevita Pangai Junior was cleared of his ankle injury.

Marshall made his Broncos debut last round after Pangai Jnr was a last minute withdrawal.

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* Brisbane have won three in a row and six of their past eight against Canberra

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Last Game: The Broncos won against the North Queensland Cowboys 38 - 12 at ANZ Stadium, Australia (5066 days ago)  game results here
 Brisbane Broncos Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 15 
    Away Wins 14 
 Home Games 11 
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 53 
 Total Goals: 49 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 696 
 Total Points Against: 511 
 Leagues the Brisbane Broncos are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1997 Superleague Telstra Cup, 1997 Visa World Club Challenge, 1998 NRL Season, 1998 NRL Finals, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Finals, 2000 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Finals, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Finals, 2002 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Finals, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Allan Langer, Andrew Gee, Ashley Harrison, Brad Meyers, Brent Tate, Carl Webb, Chris Walker, Corey Parker, Dane Carlaw, Darren Lockyer, Gordon Tallis, Lote Tuqiri, Michael Devere, Peter Civoniceva, Phillip Lee, Shane Walker, Shane Webke, Shaun Berrigan, Steve Irwin, Stuart Kelly,

 Players in 2001
Ben Ikin, Bradley Meyers, Casey McGuire, Damon Keating, Darren Burns, Justin Hodges, Kevin Walters, Luke Priddis, Mark Corvo, Michael Ryan, Scott Prince, Wendell Sailor,

 Players in 2000
Ben Walker, Brad Thorn, Kerrod Walters, Kevin Campion, Tonie Carroll,

 Players in 1999
John Plath, Michael Hancock, Peter Ryan, Steve Renouf,
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Last Results

Sunday, 11 May, 2003
Brisbane 38
Cowboys 12


Sunday, 4 May, 2003
Brisbane 38
Wests Tigers 6


Friday, 25 Apr, 2003
Brisbane 20
Parramatta 14


Friday, 18 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 27
Brisbane 20


Sunday, 13 Apr, 2003
Warriors 32
Brisbane 12


Saturday, 5 Apr, 2003
Brisbane 32
Cowboys 24


Sunday, 30 Mar, 2003
Brisbane 30
Sharks 4


Sunday, 23 Mar, 2003
Brisbane 22
South Sydney 20


Sunday, 16 Mar, 2003
Brisbane 24
Penrith 20


Saturday, 28 Sep, 2002
Sydney City 16
Brisbane 12


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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