The Broncos stunned the Souths 32-12 thanks to a master class from Adam Reynolds, who dominated his former club on Thursday night.
Brisbane were tough outsiders heading into the clash, but dominated from the start when Rabbitohs ’attack failed again.
Reynolds pulled all the strings against his junior club, scoring an attempt and creating two more at Accor Stadium.
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Reynolds crossed in the 28th minute and had a hand in Brisbane’s first four attempts before Salvin Kobe recorded the result with a late interception.
“Brisbane Broncos, they’re contenders again,” Fox League commentator Warren Smith said full-time.
Southern Clubs winger Taan Milne scored a double on a night not to be forgotten for the club.
Here are the three biggest takeaways from the match.
Adam Reynolds made sense to prove against the club that allowed him to go out the door last season – and the boy did.
Reynolds played his best game of the season against the club for which he grew up, completely destroying the Souths ’defense.
The stylish midfielder took part in the Broncos ’first four attempts, including scoring one and setting up two of the boots.
Reynolds completed the attempt, two assists, three breakouts, a break on the line, a pass and 16 points.
“He had it on the strings tonight,” Greg Alexander told Fox League.
This week, Reynolds spoke of his awkward departure from the South last season after the club refused to offer him a multi-year contract.
“Boy, you just have to think about what they thought at Redfern when they said Adam Reynolds could only sign for one year and then we’ll find a club for you for 2023 and beyond,” Warren Smith told the Fox League.
“Of course, they now regret that decision.”
Now “Rabito” lost five matches in the first nine rounds, the same number lost over the past year.
“Undoubtedly, what Adam Reynolds has brought to this team over so many seasons was discovered in 2022,” Smith said.
THE ATTACKING STRUGGLE OF THE SOUTHS
Rabbitohs made 43 selections against 13 in opposition 20, but their attack was suppressed when they struggled to turn the territory into points.
The Southern teams have completed just 69 per cent of their sets, which for the fourth time this season they have executed less than 70 per cent and they have all been losing.
“Look at the numbers, 39 selections out of 20 in Brisbane, it’s almost seven complete sets, but they came up with only two attempts,” said Greg Alexander, with eight minutes left.
“Even though the Souths were at this end of the field, they didn’t look like they were killing.
“Passes that fall to the ground, cross the sideline, even know they spent eternity in the Broncos area, they just couldn’t count it.”
Warren Smith believes that the fifth-eighth Cody Walker is fighting without Adam Reynolds.
“Try Cody Walker, who’s in today’s games, in eight games he’s only had four passes a season,” Smith said.
“Probably part of that should be the factor of Adam Reynolds’ absence in 2022 for South Sydney, for a player who played with Adam Reynolds last year, made 37 rebounds in one season.”
MAROONS BOLTER COBBO
Queensland’s great Steve Renuf set the stage for Sullivan Kobe when this week he backed the teenager to be selected to Maroons – and Winger Broncos received that praise.
Koba scored two attempts against the South and ran 183 meters from 10 quarries, resulting in nine breaches and a break in the line.
“He knew he had made them about 30 meters, he was standing in line waiting to be paid,” Warren Smith said after Kobe ran to kill his second attempt.
“What a talented teenager he is, Salvin Koba, against one of the great scorers in NRL history (Adam Johnston), and he left it behind.”
Kobe’s contract was terminated in late 2023, and seven clubs are reportedly chasing his signature.
“This is a young guy, 19 years old, and I met him at Origin camp earlier this year and he is such a polite handsome guy,” Gordon Talis said on the Fox League.
“He’s still learning his game, but no doubt he can move to whatever level he wants as long as he stays on the ground.
“Whatever he does, there is a share of class in it. He really impressed me as a young guy.
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