Adam Reynolds will line up against Test and Origin playmaker, Johnathan Thurston, this Thursday night when the Rabbitohs travel to Townsville to take on the second-placed North Queensland Cowboys in Round 23.
Despite going down in their last outing in Round 22 against the Sharks, the Cowboys playmaker has been in scintillating form, helping to lift his team to being on equal 34 competition points with the first-placed Broncos.
But according to Rabbitohs halfback Reynolds, the dangers in the Cowboy arsenal only begin with Thurston.
“He’s been fantastic – but I think the players around him have allowed him to be that way,” said Reynolds.
“Michael Morgan’s playing out of his skin and (Lachlan) Coote is doing the same. Their forward pack’s on a roll at the moment as well.
“They’re full of talent so we’re going to have to turn up ready to play this week.”
The Rabbitohs travel to Townsville early this week, giving them plenty of time acclimatise in what will be their last interstate trip of the regular NRL season. For Reynolds, the trip will be another crucial bonding opportunity as the men in red and green go in search of victory.
“There’s no better times than getting away with the boys,” said Reynolds.
“We’ll be looking to get away and have a bit of good time up there and really focus on getting the two points back.
“It’s just about continually working hard and putting in a good performance every week. We’ve got to work towards that and it starts with another tough game against North Queensland.”
Both the Rabbitohs and the Cowboys will be looking for the win and vastly improved performances this week, having both gone down in Round 22 – Souths to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
“We turned up ready to play last time and the other night we didn’t,” said Reynolds of Souths’ last game.
“We simply turned over too much ball and gave away silly penalties. We probably didn’t play the way we’re capable of and they did.
“They turned up ready to play and they made us pay for it.”