In a sign that he may well be ready for Origin football, it was a solid performance from Souths halfback Adam Reynolds, as he put the pedal to the metal and did his Origin chances no harm – guiding his side to a 17-10 win over the Bulldogs.
A massive crowd of 51,686 were present to watch the clash, in what was a fantastic ANZ Stadium crowd – and with the emergence of Reynolds and his consistency so far this year, he might be a bolter for the NSW halfback spot in Origin.
Although all eyes were on Ben Barba and his return from an indefinite personal hiatus, the 22-year old Reynolds immediately played down any talk of a future representative jumper for him.
“The more consistent I can be then hopefully one day I can get the chance to play rep footy,” Reynolds said.
“John Sutton has been outstanding as should be mentioned as well. He takes the pressure off me.”
One person who believes Reynolds is ready for first-grade, is his coach Michael Maguire, who was adamant with what he had to say.
“I think he is yeah, definitely.”
When you receive plaudits from your opposition, you know that you are doing well, and Josh Morris was full of praise for the Souths halfback.
“He’s certainly got one of those old heads,” Morris said.
“The way he steers them around, they had a fair few repeat sets there and that was due to his kicking game and in Origin, repeat sets are crucial, they’re like gold.
“He wouldn’t look out of place that’s for sure.”
Whilst the focus was on Barba and then Reynolds, the big talking point out of the game was a spear tackle by Bulldogs centre Krisnan Inu, one that Fox Sports commentator Greg Alexander said was: “one of the worst I’ve seen for some time.”
Despite starting the season with just 1 win from 4 games, Hasler believes that his side will be fine and admits that his centre might face a bit of trouble.
“We can’t let it get frustrating,” Hasler said.
“We’ll keep that in check … we’re still getting our ducks in a row so to speak. We’ll get there.”
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