The sight of NSW hopeful James Roberts being carried off the field has soured Brisbane's 32-18 NRL win over Penrith at Suncorp Stadium.
Penrith coach Anthony Griffin says the competition has its 'foot on the throat' of the struggling Panthers after they fell to another defeat, this time at the hands of the Broncos in Brisbane.
Bennett went out of his way to ensure Thursday's match at Suncorp Stadium was about the players, not the coaches, as the Panthers try to avoid a fifth-straight defeat in the NRL.
The Broncos coach has applauded the decision to allow South Sydney's Sam Burgess to play, even if it means he wreaks havoc on the Broncos when they clash at ANZ Stadium on Friday.
A month out from the naming of the first Origin teams, both Kevin Walters and Laurie Daley have some thinking to do as veterans depart and players jostle for key jumpers in both states.
After a brilliant start to the NRL season, the tricolours were left to ponder a night of brittle defence that saw them on the end of a hiding from a resurgent Brisbane Broncos - and Roosters coach Trent Robinson was not pulling any punches after the loss.
The Broncos, who have already played last season's top four sides, now meet the embattled Bulldogs as one rival coach reached out to another.
Another night, another one-point game at Suncorp Stadium. But this time the man that delivered the winning blow wasn't the real hero as the Broncos edged out the Raiders 13-12.
The Cowboys lock must produce the goods until 2027 under a benchmark deal that should have the NRL questioning the wisdom and fairness of such long-term contracts.
Three NRL clubs are facing fines totalling $350,000 after being issues with breach notices relating to head injuries at the weekend.