STAR halfback Adam Reynolds says South Sydney haven’t played to their potential in weeks – and maybe even months.
The Rabbitohs fell at the final hurdle in their minor premiership push against bitter rivals Sydney Roosters last Friday and the jury is out whether their championship credentials have taken a serious battering.
Halves Reynolds and John Sutton didn’t have the best of games but 22-year-old Reynolds says the problems that need fixing against Melbourne this Friday go back much further than one week.
“I don’t think we’ve been playing our best football in the past few weeks,” Reynolds tells League Week.
“There’re still areas of our game that we want to improve on and, you know, we need to get back to training and work a lot harder.
“Early on (in the season), we were pretty clinical and our completion rate was up. That’s why we were going so well. The last few weeks, our completion rate hasn’t been anywhere near where it needs to be.”
Errors and being out-muscled in the middle brought about the bunnies’ undoing in round 26, Reynolds says.
“They steamrolled us through the middle and we weren’t tidy with the ball,” he admitted. “We tried things that weren’t necessary at the time. All credit to them. They were fantastic. They really fought hard. They played a good game.
“It’s something we would have liked to have won but it’s not the end of the world. We’re playing semi-final football next week and I’m sure we’ll be working hard to get back to where we need to be.”
The experience of last year’s finals series – something Sydney Roosters don’t have – will become an advantage over the next month, according to the tough no.7.
“Just the experience, alone, goes a long way in these games and we’ve still got real experienced blokes like Greg Inglis,” he reasoned.
“ … those blokes, you look to them in games and they bring the best out of everyone.”
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