Whereas Bennett has coached extra play-off video games, no mentor from the fashionable period can eclipse Bellamy’s win ratio. Bellamy has a 63.3 per cent post-season success price, pipping Ricky Stuart (62.5 per cent), Phil Gould (61.1 per cent), Ivan Cleary (60.9 per cent), Jack Gibson (60.7 per cent), Tim Sheens (59.4 per cent) and Trent Robinson (58.3 per cent). Bennett is a few rungs down on the checklist at 51.4 per cent.
Bellamy determined to proceed his unimaginable teaching profession into subsequent season, however for an extended interval he contemplated making this yr his final. A dialog with star five-eighth Cameron Munster proved the turning level.
Finals win percentages for coaches in the course of the trendy period
- Craig Bellamy – 49 video games, 31 wins, 18 losses, 63.3%
- Ricky Stuart – 24 video games, 15 wins, 9 losses, 62.5%
- Phil Gould – 18 video games, 11 wins, 7 losses, 61.1%
- Ivan Cleary – 23 video games, 14 wins, 9 losses, 60.9%
- Jack Gibson – 28 video games, 17 wins, 10 losses, 60.7%
- Tim Sheens – 32 video games, 19 wins, 13 losses, 59.4%
- Trent Robinson – 24 video games, 14 wins, 10 losses, 58.3%
- Warren Ryan – 27 video games, 15 wins, 12 losses 55.6%
- Des Hasler – 30 video games, 16 wins, 14 losses, 53.3%
- Wayne Bennett – 74 video games, 38 wins 36 losses, 51.4%
- Bob Fulton – 27 video games, 13 wins, 14 losses 48.2%
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“Within the low season final yr once we went away on our annual journey, he conceded to me that was it,” Ponissi stated. “This was going to be his final yr, he was fairly adamant. I used to be pleasantly shocked when he stated he was going to present it one other yr, I didn’t suppose that was going to occur.
“Munster led the revolution with a few gamers to make him realise he has loads to supply. There would have been some private and household stuff, however if you happen to needed to decide one second from my discussions with him, the Cameron Munster chat was definitely pivotal. For that, we now have Munster to thank.”
Bellamy is hopeful of orchestrating one of many nice finals upsets in opposition to overwhelming favourites Penrith.
“Our gamers have achieved a terrific job this yr to get to the place they’ve to, however that doesn’t imply we’re not actual hungry to go that further step,” Bellamy stated in his pre-game press convention.
“Now we have had a little bit of an up-and-down yr too with a few of our consistency. However dropping the gamers we misplaced within the off season – we misplaced 4 forwards who took about 800-900 video games of expertise out of our crew – that was exhausting to switch.
“The way in which they’ve actually strung it collectively during the last month or so … to hold in how we did final week and are available again on the finish reveals they’ve quite a lot of perception in one another. If we put that effort in tomorrow night time, we’ll see what occurs from there.”