Australia South Sydney Rabbitohs hand Brisbane Broncos 35-6 NRL thrashing at Stadium Australia
Where will Adam Reynolds be playing in 2022? Ranking the champion halfback's likely destination
It's the debate that has dominated the headlines to start the 2021 season and Adam Reynolds' future at South Sydney appears less certain by the day. In a bombshell revelation made on the eve of the new campaign, the Rabbitohs captain and halfback told Sporting News he and the club were not on the same page in negotiations over a contract beyond this year. The news blindsided many, given Reynolds' stature within the Rabbitohs community and the important hand he has played in the club's 2014 drought-breaking premiership and getting the club to whether it is today as a powerhouse of the NRL.
Adam Reynolds made history with the first long-range two-point field goal in the NRL era as he piled more pressure on South Sydney to keep him in the 35-6 win over Brisbane.
Reynolds' future has remained the biggest issue at Redfern for months, with the halfback told again this week he would not receive more than a guaranteed one-year deal.
But while it remains an off-field issue, there are still no signs it will impact either Reynolds or the red-hot Rabbitohs on the field.
The Rabbitohs are among the NRL's true premiership heavyweights, with Latrell Mitchell in close to career-best form with a try-scoring double at Stadium Australia.
Walters turns heat on Milford in contract year
Broncos coach Kevin Walters has turned the heat up on Anthony Milford as the star plays for a new contract.This year is meant to be Anthony Milford's time to shine.
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Reynolds easily won the battle of the off-contract halves, with Anthony Milford enduring a difficult night for Brisbane in their second straight loss.
The Rabbitohs' number seven had a role in four of his team's tries on Thursday night, including his third four-pointer of the year when he backed up a Dane Gagai break.
He helped set up the Rabbitohs' first when he kicked across field for Alex Johnston, before a series of flick passes put Benji Marshall across.
The halfback also threw the last pass for a Latrell Mitchell try early in the second half, picking the right option as Mitchell stayed alive and got the ball down.[NRL team stats]
Mitchell's second also came from Reynolds, this time when he leapt high to take a kick from his teammate and push his way through four defenders.
Bulldogs placed in bubble as outbreak hits NRL
The Bulldogs have been forced back into a strict bio-security bubble as the Brisbane COVID-19 outbreak grips the NRL.The 21-man playing squad and coaching staff that travelled to Suncorp Stadium last week will only be allowed to train and leave their homes for essential reasons from today.
The night was not perfect for Reynolds, however, with an uncharacteristic error in attack and a miss on Jamayne Isaako for Brisbane's only try.
But regardless, Reynolds' 43-metre field goal on half-time was the enduring image of the night, after the NRL offered two points for drop goals kicked beyond 40 metres this year.
It marked the first two-point field goal since the drop goal was reduced to one in 1971, with Rabbitoh Eric Simms the last player to kick a two-pointer.
Meanwhile, Alex Johnston was also dangerous for the Rabbitohs on the left wing, busting six tackles and bagging a first-half try from a Mitchell cut-out ball.
Marshall also thrived in the number six jersey with an assist to Campbell Graham to go with his own first-half try, while Tom Burgess topped 200 running metres.[ladder]
Why the average age of NRL players is dropping .
The median age of NRL players has dropped significantly in 2021 and an extraordinary premiership stat backs the trend.The median age of NRL players is dropping. Over the last three decades the average age of a player has been 26.2, yet this year's average is just 24.4.