Like then, it will be his last game in charge of the club.
His inspirational leader, who is also moving onto pastures new, is under an injury cloud.
And his team, who have been accused of being the bridesmaids and never the brides, are going up against a side who have had their measure in recent meetings.
After more than 40 years in coaching, things have finally come full circle.
Sunday’s clash with Penrith will be Bennett’s 12th grand final, and 10th of the NRL era.