The Broncos-Dragons semi-final was precariously placed on a knife-edge heading into extra-time and had an emotion-charged Suncorp Stadium crowd on the edge of their seats, yet young Brisbane centre Jack Reed says it hasn’t even triggered that he is playing knock-out football.
The unflappable carrot-top represents the youthful exuberance, talent and confidence running through the Brisbane outfit, stating matter of factly that it just felt like it was any other game.
For Reed it was simply a matter of getting the job done.
“It really hasn’t sunk in that we are playing elimination football to be honest,” Reed told NRL.com.
“[We are] looking forward to going down there [to Sydney] and getting a good result.”
After pledging his allegiance to England earlier in the week, Reed showed everybody why he is a future star of the game by keeping Mark Gasnier quiet for the majority of the 80 minute contest. When asked about his performance in stopping the Test and Origin star, Reed just shrugged his shoulders.
“Gaz is one of the greatest of all time and the opportunity to play against him was a huge honour and I really enjoyed myself,” he said.
“We did the job in the end, I did a lot of study on him and analyzed his game a fair bit so it made my job that much easier.”