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Sims dismisses Wayne Bennett critics

NZN 6/03/2017 Laine Clark

Reports of Wayne Bennett's demise as an NRL coach have been greatly exaggerated, says Ashton Sims.

The Brisbane forward didn't mince his words when asked about reports Bennett had lost his aura and player-support this season.

"He's Wayne Bennett," he said.

"It's pretty simple.

"He hasn't lost any aura in my eyes.

"And the talk of him losing the playing group is absolute bulls..t."

Brisbane did their best to silence critics with a 26-18 NRL season-opening win over defending champions Cronulla.

But Broncos captain Darius Boyd did not expect the pressure on his club to ease any time soon.

"I just think that comes with being at this club, as a Bronco," he said of the scrutiny.

"With the proud history that this club has, there is always pressure whether you are captain or coach or whoever.

"But we don't focus on that sort of stuff.

"We have a hard enough job performing on the field each week."

Meanwhile, Kiwi international Jordan Kahu has played down a training health scare for standout Brisbane centre Tautau Moga.

The former Cowboys flyer reportedly suffered a heart complaint at training after his inspired Broncos debut in the NRL season-opener.

Tom Opacic was considered to be on standby for Moga ahead of Friday's blockbuster derby against North Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

But Kahu said on Monday he expected Moga to play.

"I think that was just precautionary," he said of Moga leaving training.

Moga was named Broncos players' player after he notched 112m from 12 runs in his first NRL game in Brisbane colours.

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