Reynolds free to play Origin II
New South Wales five-eighth Josh Reynolds has been successful in having his Dangerous Throw charge downgraded at the NRL judiciary on Thursday night, making the gritty No.6 available for selection in Game Two of the 2014 Holden State of Origin Series.
Reynolds was originally charged with a Grade 2 offence that carries with it 325 demerit points but his guilty plea and downgrade to a Grade 1 charge means he receives 93 demerit points and will be free to play for the Bulldogs against the Sea Eagles in Round 13 prior to the naming of Laurie Daley's team for Origin II on June 18.
Queensland winger Brent Tate was visibly shaken after the game on Wednesday night as a result of the tackle in the 28th minute of the match that involved Reynolds and Blues back-rower Beau Scott and scoffed at the incident only drawing a Grade 2 charge.
In his first appearance in the Blues run-on side Reynolds was superb for NSW, running for 98 metres, combining wonderfully with man of the match Jarryd Hayne on the right and throwing himself into each of the 19 tackles he made during the course of the match.
The Blues aren't without injury concerns however as they endeavour to break Queensland's eight-year stranglehold with Will Hopoate the early pick to replace Josh Morris (knee injury) at right centre while Greg Bird is the obvious addition for the injured Anthony Watmough (biceps).