Modest Reynolds deflects praise
South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds will have none of it.
After starring in his team's massive 40-24 victory over last year's runner-ups Manly, the playmaker refused to buy into the personal achievements racked up on the evening.
Despite having a hand in five of his team's seven tries, including a try-scoring double of his own, Reynolds attributed his performance to "doing his job for the team".
"I didn't try and overplay my hand or do anything out of the ordinary," Reynolds said.
"That's all that is asked of me week-in, week-out and I just have to keep doing that."
While 24-year-old Reynolds carries arguably more confidence now than ever before, the Alexandria Rovers junior remains adamant he hasn't reached a personal peak in form yet.
"I'm hoping that there is more to come," Reynolds said. "I'm constantly trying to better my game every week and these next two weeks I'll be trying to get better again."
"I struggled earlier on in the season so I just had to keep working hard on my game and I knew it would eventually turn around."
Reynolds says missing last weekend's final game of the regular season against the reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters through suspension helped his cause against the Sea Eagles.
"It wasn't a good feeling [being suspended]. It is never good to see your own team run out there on the paddock and you're just sitting there helpless," Reynolds said.
"It definitely made me a lot hungrier to do well after the way the boys lost last weekend."
However, Reynolds was clearly disappointed by the team's defensive effort in the final 15 minutes.
"[In the week leading up to this game] we were all in high spirits there and it showed tonight for the first 65 minutes... [but] you can't win those semi-final games playing like we did in the final part of the second half and it is something we're not happy about and something we need to fix over the next two weeks."
With the Rabbitohs now afforded a weekend off to rest their ailing bodies, with centre Dylan Walker leaving the sheds in a moonboot after the game, they will now wait and see what the finals bring with the Panthers, Roosters, Cowboys and Broncos vying to take on South Sydney for a grand final berth.
"We haven't done anything yet. We are going to be working really hard over the next week or two and trying to get things sorted to go a bit better."