WARY: Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett.
WARY: Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett. DAVE HUNT

Dragons won't be doing Bennett any favours

WAYNE Bennett will be hoping the club he coached to end a 31-year premiership drought in 2010 does not turn on him tomorrow night and put Brisbane's finals hopes in jeopardy.

Bennett took St George Illawarra to a title six years ago - the club's first as a joint franchise and the first for Dragons fans since 1979.

But the Dragons will have no sympathy for Bennett, with both clubs desperate to secure a top-eight finish with just five games of the regular season remaining.

Bennett said St George Illawarra showed some strong signs against Canterbury last weekend in a tight and controversial 13-10 loss and was gaining confidence, something Brisbane has lacked since the State of Origin series as it tumbled from first to sixth on the ladder with a string of losses.

"I thought they (Dragons) were very good last week, they threw a lot at the Bulldogs who, to their credit, defended very well,” said Bennett, who will return to his old haunt of WIN Stadium.

"If their defence hadn't been good they would have had a lot of tries scored against them.”

Bennett said there was a fine line between teams fighting to get into the top eight.

"There's a lot at stake out there at the moment,” he said.

"We can all find reason to find fault but that is one thing about the salary cap and the purpose of it, where as a fan you believe the bottom team can beat the top team, and that's what the game is producing.

"If you take the scoreboard out there were some good performances there and we're doing a lot of things we want to do better.

"The challenge tonight is to go down there and be better than we were last weekend. I can't emphasise enough how important it is to have all the players back training, it picks up everyone's morale.”

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