With increasing game-time in recent weeks, the Rabbitohs halves combination of Luke Keary and Adam Reynolds is growing.
The pair combined for a brilliant try on Saturday night against St George Illawarra when Reynolds put in a well-weighted grubber-kick that bounced up into the arms of Keary over the try-line to score under the sticks.
For Keary though, while the try was a good reward, simply getting more game-time with his partner in crime was a plus as the side heads into Round 20.
“It was just good to get 80 minutes out together and get a bit of that combination back that we had last year,” said Keary.
“I’m sure every week that’s just going to grow. He’s been off with concussions and other things so we haven’t really had the time together that we need.
“It was good to have the bye and we both trained together over it which was nice – we’ll just try build on it for this Saturday night.”
But the time spent without Reynolds – who was out for a prolonged period with a broken thumb – proved a blessing in disguise for Keary, who admits that the period afforded him an opportunity to build on his own playmaking abilities with the team.
“It was disappointing that he wasn’t there,” said Keary.
“But I probably got to build my game a little bit more, improved my kicking game a bit and (got) a bit of control over the team and game management as well which has been good.”
The Rabbitohs will this week prepare to take on the Newcastle Knights – a side coming off a solid defensive performance against the Gold Coast Titans in Round 19 by conceding no tries.
“They looked really good on the weekend,” said Keary of the Knights.
“They didn’t concede any tries against the Gold Coast which is pretty impressive. I thought their on-line defence was real good – they threw a few shapes at them there and ended up getting 30 odd points.
“I’m sure they’ll come out firing so we’ll have to be on our game. We conceded two tries which was pretty disappointing but we’ll go back to the drawing board today and see how we can improve in those areas.”
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