With trial matches and the 2015 Telstra Premiership fast approaching, it’s time to start asking the big positional questions. Today, it’s all about the halves.
Reynolds certainly fits the traditional number seven mould. Small in stature, big on heart, quick-witted and cheeky – the Souths Junior has cemented his place in the number seven jersey since making his debut for the Club in 2012.
A brilliant organiser with a pin-point boot and the ability to capitalise on unfolding opportunities, Reynolds is in the box seat to retain the jumper in 2015.
Reynolds appeared in 26 matches in 2014, managing to write his own bit of NRL history by now holding the record for the most consecutive NRL games in which a player has scored points – 76 consecutive matches, with the run stretching between round one 2012 against the Roosters (Home) to round 25, 2014 against the Bulldogs (Away). Reynolds also broke through the 600 career-points mark in round 25 against the Bulldogs, and broke through the 200 goals mark in round one against the Roosters.
With the cheeky partnership of Luke Keary at five-eighth and Adam Reynolds at halfback, the Rabbitohs 2014 back-line was electrified on their way towards the 2014 Grand Final and their 21st Premiership.
After recovering from a lengthy injury, in just 12 matches, Keary made quite an impression last season and is again shaping to partner Reynolds in the halves at five-eighth. During those appearances, he scored against the Sea Eagles in week one of the finals, set up seven tries throughout the year, and providing vital relief with his pin-point boot. The sight of the 175cm tall Keary barking orders to his teammates – most of them far bigger than his own frame – is one that will no doubt be repeated in 2015 as he puts players through the narrowest of gaps.
A versatile Souths Junior who is just as comfortable at five-eighth as he is in the back-row, John Sutton will play an integral role for the Rabbitohs in 2015 whether he plays in the number six, or slots into the back-row.
Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, made full use of Sutton’s talents playing out of the back-row towards the end of 2014 by using him as an extra five-eighth in attack, complimenting the talents of Keary. Ready and willing to capitalise on opportunities while also asserting his authority with his size and strength, Sutton will continue to add to his Club record tally of first grade appearances in the new season.
Able to cover virtually any position in the back-line, Walker began the 2014 season at five-eighth before finding his place in the centres. His subsequent 2014 season prompted Kangaroos Coach, Tim Sheens, to select the Rabbitoh in the Australian centres.
Walker ran for 2872 metres from 279 carries, breaking the line on 14 occasions, scoring 12 tries and breaking a massive 83 tackles on his way to a four Test caps. He stands as a top contender for a centre position.
Cody Walker comes to the Rabbitohs looking for a spot in the halves after a brilliant 2014 season in Queensland’s Intrust Super Cup, with a brilliant Preliminary Final performance against Wynnum Manly.
A half/five-eighth, Walker represented the Queensland Residents side in 2013, was the Intrust Super Cup’s leading point scorer that season, and won the Player of the Year award for the Queensland state competition despite missing the first nine matches of the season through injury.