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Repeated losses the result of a “toxic environment”

Veteran head coach Wayne Bennett feels that clubs need to take “a hell of a lot more responsibility” for the state of the NRL with its blowout scorelines.

Canterbury were humiliated by Manly in a 66-nil thrashing, then the Titans ploughed through the Raiders, 44-6 whilst Newcastle then thrashed North Queensland by 38=nil.

Some claimed the changing of rules was the reason like the six-again rule, but Bennett believes that struggling clubs need to own up.

“Management of clubs has a huge result on performances at the moment,” Bennett said.

“Clubs have got to take a hell of a lot more responsibility than they are taking for the way the game is being played – it’s as simple as that.

“I’m not going to name names and not going to name clubs but if you look at some of the decisions they’ve made, some of the things that have happened to players… I wouldn’t want to be at that club and I know if I was in that club I wouldn’t be playing very well.

“Clubs and their management and things that are happening at clubs are absolutely adding to the scoreboards.”

“Until the club itself gets their management in order, their whole ship, the club, the players will not be able to respond. But you keep blaming the players.

“You’re saying ‘they get paid so they should go out there and play.’ Not one of you guys go to a toxic environment to work and do your best work.”

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