The Keary And Reynolds Show

Luke Keary and Adam Reynolds. Image courtesy of: Source: News Limited
The young duo of Keary and Reynolds get their shot together on Sunday. Image courtesy of: Source: News Limited

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Rabbitohs v Knights

Barlow Park, Cairns

Sunday August 3 – 3:05 PM (AEST)




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Luke Keary has been dubbed the next big thing. So much so there has even been talk of the South Sydney Rabbitohs looking to offload fellow half Adam Reynolds. When the two were paired together at the start of the season, things didn’t exactly go to plan. They didn’t have the cohesion that makes a good halves pairing. But with the recent injury to regular pivot John Sutton, they will again get their shot on Sunday. They will have their work cut-out for them though because they face a Newcastle Knights side who are still riding high after beating reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters last Friday night.

The Bunnies have had a mixed bag this season. They are still one of the powerhouses of the competition, but there are times when they look lost. Greg Inglis is always his destructive self while the Burgess boys (Sam, George, Tom and Luke) always lead from the front. But it’s the outside backs that seem to not know where they need to be at specific moments. Apart from future Origin star Dylan Walker, the Bunnies backline continues to get caught out of position in defence and don’t stand deep enough in attack. This is where Reynolds and Keary need to step in. They need to get in there ear and get them to where they need them to be. A great half is always a great talker and that’s what they need to be. Coach Michael Maguire has named the same 17 that downed the Raiders last week, but with Sutton ruled out and Sam Burgess only a 50/50 chance at playing; expect a few changes before Sunday.

It is just the way the Knights season is going. They came out on top on Friday night, but it came at a cost. In-form five-eighth Jarrod Mullen has been ruled out of Sunday’s clash with a stomach muscle tear. It is a huge blow for the Novocastrians, with Mullen being one of their best all season. The only consolation is that they have Kurt Gidley in their side. Gidley is one of the most versatile players in the game today and would probably play in the front row if they needed him to. Apart from that one change, coach Wayne Bennett has named the same 17 that beat the Roosters last week, with the ‘Flying Fijian’ Akuila Uate a possible late inclusion.

The Bunnies are playing for a Top 4 spot. A win on Sunday will all but secure that. But a loss could see things get a little dicey on the run home. For the Knights, a win means they move further away from the wooden spoon, something super-coach has Bennett has never tasted in his 38 years as a first-grade coach.

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