JUST SHORT: Matt Gillett is denied a try for the Broncos against Manly at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
JUST SHORT: Matt Gillett is denied a try for the Broncos against Manly at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. DAN Peledaap

Coach gets best out of Broncos, Gillett says

BRIBIE Island's Matt Gillett has lauded the Broncos' performance against Manly on Friday night and believes master coach Wayne Bennett is getting the most out of his charges this season.

Brisbane sits on top of the ladder with 10 wins and three losses after blitzing the Sea Eagles 44-10 at Suncorp Stadium.

"We probably played to our full potential," Gillett said yesterday.

"We had been away from home for a while (the previous three matches) so it was good to come back and have a victory, and things feel good around the club at the moment.

"I think we're finding some pretty good form."

Gillett had a strong game and topped the Broncos' tackle count with 38.

His Bribie Island mate, Jack Reed, had arguable his best game of the season in the centres.

It was the Broncos' sixth straight win.

"We're just playing for each other, showing up and not wanting to let each other down," Gillett said. "That comes down to training and we've had a good off-season and prepared well so it's all starting to show out on the paddock.

"We've been winning some close games, which is a good sign. It's something we haven't done the last few years."

It appears the return of Bennett this year is paying dividends.

He won six premierships as coach of the Broncos from 1998-2008, before having stints at the Dragons and the Knights.

"Obviously he gets the best out of the players and that's what he's done at the Broncos and all the boys are very much enjoying being coached by Wayne," Gillett said.

"He's a pretty honest man, so it's making all of us players pretty honest in our performance."

Gillett is in line for his 11th State of Origin match with Queensland next week, after getting limited time in game one of this year's series.

"Yeah. I only got about 21, 22 minutes in the last game, but I'm happy to just play whatever role," he said.

"To be playing with Queensland and put that maroon jersey on means a lot."



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