With the 38-12 win against the Penrith Panthers moving them closer to the top four, South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds has praised coach Michael Maguire, for the change in attitude and culture that he has instilled at their club – as a catalyst for their current success.
Whilst the past has been somewhat tumultuous for the Bunnies, in that they have not been able to meet the expectations that are placed on them, Reynolds says that the change in the overall culture of the club is imminent, and there for all to see.
“The culture of the club’s changing and that’s through Madge (Maguire),” Reynolds said.
“He’s been really big on our defence this year and our structure.
“We’re getting better slowly every week.”
With the Panthers missing some influential players due to Origin and injury, at one stage, it looked as if they might make a game out of it – before Souths scored four times in the last 23 minutes, to eventually win by 28.
“We basically had a clean sheet when I first got here and we’ve worked hard from there,” Maguire said.
“They’ve bought into everything that we’re doing and they’re really, really hungry as a group.
“If we keep doing that week to week hopefully we’ll get the opportunities when the business end comes around.”
The news is not about to get any better for the Panthers, with utility Blake Austin suffering a dislocated shoulder – another injury that the Panthers did not need.
Although he was lamenting the loss of Austin, Panthers coach Ivan Cleary conceded that the Bunnies were far too good for his side.
“I couldn’t fault the boys with the effort they put in, in the end probably just out-classed,” Cleary said.
“It will certainly be nice to get some troops back, probably six or seven guys to come back hopefully after the bye.”