Stopping Turbo simple as a tackle: Bennett

Wayne Bennett's message to his Souths players is simple: stop Manly's Tom Trbojevic by tackling him.
Wayne Bennett's message to his Souths players is simple: stop Manly's Tom Trbojevic by tackling him.

Stopping Manly superstar Tom Trbojevic is as simple as tackling him, Wayne Bennett reckons.

Playing it cute ahead of South Sydney's fourth-straight NRL preliminary final, there were no signs of concern from the master coach about the damage the tremendous fullback can do if allowed.

"If he gets the ball, tackle him, it's a pretty simple process," Bennett quipped on Thursday.

He makes it sound simple, but the Rabbitohs are well-prepared for what awaits them at Suncorp Stadium.

Friday night's grand-final qualifier is the fourth in a row for the Rabbitohs who are desperate to go one step further and farewell not only Bennett, but captain and halfback Adam Reynolds with a premiership.

And whether Bennett admits it publicly or not, a lot of that missions rests on nullifying Dally M front-runner Trbojevic.

"We've got a massive role to play and we'd be naive if we tried to handle him one out," said Rabbitohs lock Cameron Murray.

"We're focusing on making sure we work as a team to stop him.

"He's been playing some great footy, it's hard to put into words how well he's been playing so he's definitely a massive threat to us and a massive part of their team."

It could be the last game in the red and green jersey for club junior Reynolds who will join Brisbane next season, while Bennett will hand the reins over to Jason Demetriou in 2022.

What awaits Bennett next year is still unknown, but the 71-year-old didn't want to make Friday's game about himself.

"It's the players' time, not mine," he said.

"We've been here for three years, it's getting past that point to go one step further and that's the challenge for us.

"They're been a wonderful team to work with and to their credit they've got themselves back here again this year. It makes it four years in a row, it's quite an achievement.

"The way we've prepared in the last couple of days, the way we've prepared all season, the way we've played our football and the position we've found ourselves in... that will give us confidence in taking the next step."

Australian Associated Press