Souths playmakers move past Roosters setback
South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds says the team's key playmakers had "a little meeting" to address their backwards step in Thursday night's loss to the Roosters and are ready to continue their improvement in a tough task against Johnathan Thurston's Cowboys in Townsville on Friday.
Reynolds spoke to journalists at the club's Redfern training base on Monday morning; at the same time NSW Origin coach Laurie Daley was helping launch the 2017 Origin series just across Anzac Parade at Rugby League Central but the halfback insisted he couldn't afford to focus on whether he would be recalled to the Blues set-up after missing a Game 3 dead rubber win through injury last year.
"I'd love to be back there but I can't worry too much about selection, I've got to do my job at Souths and play good consistent football and if I do that I'm sure the selectors will definitely be looking but it's up to me to do my job at Souths," Reynolds said.
"We weren't too good on [Thursday] night. We were clunky in areas with our attack and obviously our defence – I had a few bad reads there which cost us in the end but we've reviewed it, we've looked at it, we learned a lot from it and we'll use that moving forward."
Clunky is an apt word; the team's playmakers had looked a far cry from the slick outfit who helped tear Manly apart in Round 2 and never looked too worried against Newcastle in Round 3, with the team barely looking like finding a try against the Bondi wall last week.
"We've spoken about it now, as a spine we've had a little meeting," Reynolds said.
"It's for us to correct it now and move on. The two games before we worked well in each other's favour. One game not at our best doesn't have to start up a big debacle or anything."
Of his duel with Cowboys and Maroons halfback Johnathan Thurston, Reynolds added: "He's just a competitor. He turns up on every play. Every try that gets scored against the Cowboys he's basically in the picture trying to stop it.
"He's a class act with the ball and without the ball he's brilliant as well. He's definitely a special breed and he's been at the top of his game for some time now."
The Rabbitohs are readying to head into some wild weather when they travel north with Cyclone Debbie currently lashing northern Queensland but when asked about the conditions Reynolds' only concern was for the local residents.
"I'm not too sure what it's going to be like up there. Obviously our thoughts are with the people up there at the moment, they're going through a tough time," he said.
"We just hope everyone's all right up there and are prepared for whatever comes. They're a resilient bunch up there, they've been through it before. We'll prepare and turn up ready to play but I just hope everyone's all right."