The NRL announced later in the proceedings that Meninga and Provan had become the 12th and 13th Immortals.
Ten players were nominated for Tuesday night's inductions with try-scoring whiz Brian Bevan, Queensland Kangaroo forward Duncan Hall, North Sydney hero Ken Irvine, multiple premiership-winning backrower Ron Coote and modern Broncos great Darren Lockyer missing out.
"(But) I felt very privileged to be there yesterday.
But Bennett appeared momentarily thrown when reminded he had vouched for Provan as the next Immortal in an interview at the start of the season and whether his opinion had changed.
NEVER usually one to give anything away to the media, Wayne Bennett appears to have let slip his vote for rugby league's next Immortal ahead of Wednesday night's official unveiling.
Bennett was part of a 10-man panel that included the likes of Immortals Andrew Johns, Wally Lewis and Bob Fulton, Panthers general manager Phil Gould, Fox Sports head of television Steve Crawley, Channel Nine broadcaster Ray Warren, former Rugby League Week editors Ian Heads and Norm Tasker and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg were also on the panel.
The Brisbane coach also endorsed the inclusion of players from the pre-war era which has been a criticism of the Immortals concept that has continually overlooked a significant part of the game's history. "It is such a fine line", Bennett said of the nominees.