Sit­u­a­tional train­ing pays off for Reynolds

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - SCOTT BAI­LEY

ADAM Reynolds has lauded South Syd­ney’s re­serve grade play­ers for prepar­ing him for Satur­day’s tense fi­nal-minute field goals in their NRL semi­fi­nal win over St Ge­orge Illawarra.

Reynolds be­came the first player to kick three field goals in a match in 21 years in the Rab­bitohs’ 13-12 de­feat of the Dragons.

Coach An­thony Sei­bold re­vealed post-match his team had made a point of fo­cus­ing on sit­u­a­tional prac­tice this sea­son, be­fore Reynolds kicked them into a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against archri­vals Syd­ney Roosters next Satur­day.

“We’ve trained for those sort of mo­ments,” Reynolds said.

“All our re­serve grade boys, the boys that don’t play week in week out, they do a fan­tas­tic job for us, putting us un­der pres­sure in those key mo­ments.

“I goal kick af­ter ev­ery ses­sion. Throw in a cou­ple of field goals here and there. “A lot of credit goes to Seibs. “Through­out the pre-sea­son and the sea­son we’ve trained for sce­nario-based games and be­ing through mo­ments like that at train­ing.”

The fin­ish was in con­trast to last week’s qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against Mel­bourne, beaten 29-28 af­ter lead­ing by six points with eight min­utes to play.

“We let our­selves down in key mo­ments (last week), we didn’t get in range to have a shot,” Reynolds said.

“I thought that was a re­ally dis­ap­point­ing part about last week … those games you have to learn from and I thought we learned a lot tonight.”

Reynolds scored all 13 of the Rab­bitohs’ points in the win – scor­ing their only try af­ter putting Angus Crich­ton through a hole and then kick­ing three goals. He did it all with a painkilling in­jec­tion in his right shoul­der.

“I’m sure it will be no dif­fer­ent (this week),” Reynolds said. “I’ve got full faith in the doc­tors and our med­i­cal staff … and I’m sure they wouldn’t send us out there if it was some­thing to be wor­ried about.”

RE­WARD: Adam Reynolds.

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