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The Broncos held their nerve and did sufficient to attain their 7th win of the season, beating the Eels at house. (AAP: Dave Hunt)
Milestones will have been the very last thing on Wayne Bennett’s thoughts however Brisbane nonetheless celebrated his 800th NRL recreation, capping a difficult week for his or her trainer with a 18-10 win over an unfortunate Parramatta at Lang Park.
Bennett reckoned he had now not even considered his exceptional landmark earlier than the fit along with his long run up within the air after the Broncos showed they had been pursuing off contract Melbourne mentor Craig Bellamy.
However the Broncos obviously had now not forgotten, rallying in the back of their besieged trainer to supply a 3 tries to 1 win in entrance of a 21,555-strong crowd.
It marked Bennett’s 496th win of his occupation in his 32nd season.
On the other hand the win will have come at a worth — NSW hopeful and Brisbane centre James Roberts limped off within the 61st minute with a suspected Achilles damage.
The limelight is the remaining position media shy Bennett needs to be at the most efficient of instances however the 68-year-old may just now not keep away from all eyes being on him on Thursday evening.
But even so his exceptional milestone, Bennett is below force to stay at Brisbane for the primary time after it emerged this week the NRL membership was once hoping to poach Bellamy.
However the Broncos crew confirmed they had been nonetheless taking part in for Bennett, lifting within the seven-time premiership successful mentor’s giant recreation to seal their fourth win in 5 suits.
Brisbane had been out of doors the 8 earlier than the spherical 12 recreation however some other win has them seeking Bennett to function within the 27th finals collection of his glittering occupation.
Parramatta slumped to their 10th loss in 12 video games.
Brisbane led 12-2 at half-time after Jamayne Isaako outjumped Bevan French to attain off a Kori Nikorima kick and fellow winger Corey Oates exploited an overlap created through Michael Jennings’ 13th minute sin binning to additionally crash over.
The hosts blew the deficit out to 16-2 through the 43rd minute when Roberts scored off a Jaydn Su’A bust.
However the Eels threatened a fightback when winger George Jennings intercepted an Anthony Milford move and ran 90m to attain to chop the deficit to 16-Eight within the 52nd minute.
The Eels had seven instantly consequences earlier than potting a 65th minute function.
That was once as shut as they were given.
Parramatta’s fortunes on Thursday evening — or lack thereof — had been absolute best summed up when Michael Jennings bombed now not one however two tries through shedding the ball with the road in sight.
And Bevan French’s 75th minute take a look at was once additionally disallowed because of a ahead move.