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Craig Bellamy spent five years under Wayne Bennett as an assistant coach. 

He has spent the last 16 going head to head with him. 

Since 2003, the two greatest coaches of the modern era have gone head-to-head in some epic clashes and it is the former protégé who has enjoyed the upper hand.

Bellamy leads Bennett in their head-to-head with 22 wins from their 31 meetings.

Whenever their sides meet it is as much about the match-up in the coaches box than the ones on the field.

“Wayne has been the most successful coach in our code, he’s been around for a very long time, what he’s done has been quite remarkable,” Craig Bellamy said.

“I never look at it as a contest between two coaches, it is a contest between two footy teams. The only thing I look at is how we need to prepare this week to be able to compete the best we can.

“I spent five years at that Club under Wayne. I enjoyed my time there, I learned a lot there and I’ll be forever grateful to the Broncos for giving me that opportunity.

“I’m not sure that if I didn’t have that opportunity whether I would’ve got this job and spent as long as I have here, I’ll always be indebted to the Broncos for that.”

On Friday night they meet again when Melbourne Storm travel north in search of their eighth consecutive win over the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

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