Plenty has been said about Adam Reynolds’ departure from the South Sydney Rabbitohs to the Brisbane Broncos and the impact that would have.
And it was evident that the Rabbitohs are feeling the impact since his departure.
Watching him carve them up when in all likelihood, he could have stayed at the Rabbitohs if they had come to terms, would anger many fans.
Reynolds missed the round 1 clash between the two sides and even though he played 231 NRL games for the Rabbitohs, there was no love lost for him.
From start to finish, the Broncos were in control of the match. For the Rabbitohs, there were worrying signs.
The first points came via winger Corey Oates when he soared above two Rabbitohs defenders to reach for the ball and score.
Reynolds would then score against his former side on the back of some crafty work from forwards Pat Carrigan and Thomas Flegler.
Taane Milne had the chance to pull one back for the Rabbitohs, only to drop the ball over the line.
Milne would redeem himself just before the break, however, finishing off a slick play.
Although the Rabbitohs started the second half stronger, their lack of execution ultimately cost them.
The Broncos were not messing about, though, scoring again, as Selwyn Cobbo picked up the scraps from a Reynolds’ bomb that was dropped by Blake Taaffe.
The closest the Rabbitohs would get was again six points when Milne scored his second in a similar vein to his first.
From there, it was one-way traffic for the Broncos.
Reynolds slotted a field goal to go up by eight before Herbie Farnworth left several defenders in his wake in a barnstorming run to the line.
Rhys Kennedy was, however, placed on report for dangerous contact on Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook.
Reynolds admits that it is still strange to come up against his former side as he is good mates with plenty of the Rabbitohs’ players.
“It’s a bit of mixed feelings, I’ve still got some great relationships,” said Reynolds.
“It’s all over and done with now. I’ll pop in and have a beer with the boys.”
Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou admits that his side were simply never in the game.
“I don’t think we were really here to win the game,” Demetriou said.
“We showed some glimpses of staying in the fight for the first half. But that was as disappointing football as we’ve played all season in the second half.”
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3. Adam Reynolds (BRI)
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