South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett says there is no point looking to blame injuries or players for South Sydney's heart-breaking two-point grand final loss, insisting halfback Adam Reynolds would kick that sideline conversion nine times out of 10.
Both Bennett and Reynolds missed out on a fairy-tale farewell from Souths, with the veteran coach yet to decide on his next move and the halfback joining Bennett's old club Brisbane next season.
Reynolds had been battling a groin issue that restricted his involvement in the preliminary final, with the departing captain taking few kicks and no goal kicks in the big win over Manly, and narrowly missed a late sideline conversion attempt and subsequent long-range field goal attempt against Penrith that could have forced the game into extra time.
Bennett though said simply players sometimes miss, and sometimes that's all there is to it.
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"He didn't kick until yesterday (Saturday)," Bennett admitted.
"Nine out of 10 he's going to get that conversion."
The coach became short with prodding around the halfback's fitness.
"These guys make mistakes, they miss tackles, they drop balls, they don't always get the goal kick, stop putting any more to it than he missed the goal kick and didn’t hit the ball right on the drop kick," he added.
"Simple as that."
However, on the future of the club minus their talismanic halfback, Bennett admitted for all their resources and his faith in coach Jason Demetriou that the vacant No.7 jersey presented the biggest question mark.
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"It will change a bit and there will be some challenges for them but I think they'll be up for that," Bennett said.
"The big issue will be Adam. Replacing him. Anthony Milford's going there and he'll play a lot better football than he's played the last couple of years, he's a football player so that's a really good buy by them.
"Jason will do a really good job, they've got a good club that doesn't rely on one person. It's a team of men and women that make that club tick.
"He's been a wonderful servant to the game and to me personally he's been a wonderful co-coach and (assistant) Ben Hornby's done a great job. He's got a wonderful staff and Ben Hornby's staying with him and Jason's an extremely competent coach so I don't think there will be too many ripples at all."
Speaking on Nine's post-game covering, Reynolds spoke of the missed conversion attempt.
"I'd expect to nail them but it just sailed wide," Reynolds said.
"I thought we hung in there all night and had a chance at the end but didn't come up with the result in the end."
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