Adam Reynolds made historical past with the primary long-range two-point subject aim within the NRL period as he piled extra stress on South Sydney to maintain him of their 35-6 win over Brisbane.
Reynolds’ future has remained the largest concern at Redfern for months, with the halfback informed once more this week he will not obtain greater than a assured one-year deal.
However whereas it stays an off-field concern, there are nonetheless no indicators it is going to influence both Reynolds or the red-hot Rabbitohs on the sphere.
Souths are among the many NRL’s true premiership heavyweights, with Latrell Mitchell in near career-best kind with a try-scoring double at Stadium Australia.
Reynolds simply gained the battle of the off-contract halves, with Anthony Milford enduring a troublesome evening for Brisbane of their second straight loss.
The Souths No.7 had a job in 4 of his group’s tries on Thursday evening, together with his third four-pointer of the yr when backed up a Dane Gagai break.
He helped arrange the Rabbitohs’ first when he kicked throughout subject for Alex Johnston, earlier than a sequence of flick passes put Benji Marshall throughout.
The halfback additionally threw the final cross for a Latrell Mitchell attempt early within the second half, choosing the right possibility as Mitchell stayed alive and bought the ball down.
Mitchell’s second additionally got here from Reynolds, this time when he leapt excessive to take a kick from his halfback and push his means by means of 4 defenders.
The evening wasn’t excellent for the Rabbitohs junior, with an uncharacteristic error in assault and a miss on Jamayne Isaako for Brisbane’s solely attempt.
However regardless, Reynolds’ 43-metre subject aim on halftime was the enduring picture of the evening, after the NRL supplied two factors for drop objectives kicked past 40 metres this yr.
The 30-year-old had been one of many principal proponents of the change over the low season, telling AAP he had been planning for tactical makes use of.
It marked the primary two-point subject aim for the reason that drop aim was diminished to 1 in 1971, with Rabbitoh Eric Simms the final participant to kick a two-pointer.
In the meantime Alex Johnston was additionally harmful for Souths on the left wing, busting six tackles and bagging a first-half attempt from a Mitchell cut-out ball.
Marshall additionally thrived within the No.6 jersey with an help to Campbell Graham to go along with his personal first-half attempt, whereas Tom Burgess topped 200 operating metres.
However the evening wasn’t as pleasing for Milford, simply days after coach Kevin Walters mentioned the five-eighth wasn’t taking part in nicely sufficient to earn a brand new deal.
The Broncos’ last-tackle choices have been poor, and whereas Milford busted 4 tackles in assault he additionally missed three in defence.
Making issues worse, veteran Ben Te’o’s future can be doubtful amid fears of a ruptured bicep.