Reynolds On The Outer?

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Adam Reynolds needs to stand up on Monday night. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au

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Is Adam Reynolds another star player who has peaked too soon? Three years ago, he was the talk of the town. He even got mentions as a possible Origin halfback. He was playing tremendous footy, and everyone wanted a piece of him. But this year, he has been good, without being fantastic. Is it a confidence issue or is he carrying a niggling injury? Whatever it is, he has been under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons this season. Luckily for him, the Bunnies come up against Canberra, who leak more points than any other side in the league.

Reynolds also has a huge problem nipping at his heels. Young gun, Luke Keary, is making a move for a half position, and doing it in style. Against the Eels last Friday, Reynolds came off in the second half after failing to really cause Parra any headaches, and Keary came one. Soon after striding onto the field, Keary made an immediate impact, setting up Kyle Turner for a four-pointer, with a pin-point bomb. The Bunnies have made no secret of the fact that Keary is definitely in their plans for the future. But what does that mean for Reynolds? Given they failed to perform in the halves together at the start of the year, will he be pushed out? I guess only time will tell. Bryson Goodwin replaces Lote Tuqiri (suspension) on the wing, with Ben Te’o returning to the second row. Ben Lowe drops back to an extended bench, which also includes Joel Reddy.

What is so unappealing about living in Canberra? Is it the cold? Whatever it is, it seems to be deterring players from signing with the Raiders. Three high-profile players have already reneged on their deals this year (Josh Mansour, Kevin Proctor and James Tedesco), and now it looks like another might join them. Joel Thompson is reported to be rethinking his plans to head back to nation's capital after asking for a release from the Dragons for family reasons. Honestly is it something in the water? All coach Ricky Stuart can do now is just focus on the job at hand. He has named the same 17 which went down to the Storm last week, with Matt Allwood added as an 18th man.

It’s not a great thing to say for Raiders fans, but this should be a walk in the park for the Bunnies. They continue to improve, and Keary seems to be finding his feet with every game. No team is unbeatable, but the Raiders really have next to no chance to come away with victory on Monday night.

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