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Benji-gate as Bennett backs Milford

NZN 23/03/2017 Laine Clark

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.

BRONCOS v RAIDERS

* Canberra have one over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium since 2005

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

* Wayne Bennett is out to avoid his 200th loss as Brisbane mentor but has defeated a Ricky Stuart-coached side on eight of the past nine occasions

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