Reynolds was racing through to try to kick the ball when he collected the head of Souths centre Campbell Graham.
Mitchell did not appreciate it and raced in with a swinging right arm that collected the jaw of Reynolds before he rag-dolled him to the ground.
The pair exchanged potty-mouthed pleasantries afterwards with Mitchell overheard telling Reynolds to ”wake up to yourself” and calling him a ”dog c–t”.
Reynolds was placed on report as Graham was taken from the field for a head injury assessment, which he later passed.
Mitchell was later put on report for collecting Luke Garner high just after the hour.
The high shot triggered another verbal barrage between the two combatants who have never backed away from a battle. They made a point, however, of embracing and sharing a laugh after full-time.
“I think the ball was loose on the ground, he [Reynolds] was trying to chase it and kick it forward and get the loose ball, so we’ll have to look at it,” Tigers coach Michael Maguire said about the Graham incident.
When asked about Mitchell’s shot on Reynolds, Maguire said: “I think he got him. I hope nothing happens, everyone gets off and away we go and play footy. I don’t think there’s much in either of them.”
Souths coach Wayne Bennett said of Mitchell’s two high shots: “I didn’t see the [first one]. I only saw what happened with Campbell Graham on the ground.
“I thought Campbell was knocked out, it was the first ten minutes of the game and we were probably going to lose a player to the head-bin. It didn’t look great.
“The second one he caught him high, there’s no doubt about that.
“It’s happened and I can’t do anything about it now. I don’t know about the first one, but the second one was certainly a bit high, but it wasn’t a high grading, I don’t think that will happen, if he gets charged.”
The drizzly night also featured a bizarre captain’s challenge as Souths were given what felt like an eternity to try to overturn a Jaydn Su’a high shot. They were even given the benefit of watching the tackle replayed on the big screen inside Bankwest Stadium.
Referee Ben Cummins could not answer Tigers skipper Moses Mbye when he questioned whether the 10 seconds allocated for teams to make up their minds about a challenge had well and truly expired.
A couple of minutes later Souths scored through Gagai before he bagged his second five minutes later.
“I’ll be talking to the powers-that-be about that one,” Maguire said.
The Tigers never threatened Souths’ line in the first half while they were not helped by being on the wrong end of five penalties and three set-restarts. They were particularly unlucky when Garner was pinged for a shot on Bayley Sironen, which Andrew Johns said on the Nine commentary ”in years gone by everyone on the hill would have stood and applauded”.
They finally looked capable of doing some damage when Marshall came on to the field in his first game in a month.
Fans were curious how Marshall, Reynolds and Luke Brooks would combine in the one side.
Reynolds came racing from the field, only to be ordered back by Marshall as Harry Grant was given a spell. Reynolds slotted into dummy-half as Marshall reverted to his preferred five-eighth role.
Souths had plenty of joy attacking the left wing of Tigers debutant Hoffman.
Hoffman had no answers when James Roberts got on his outside and put the foot down to the line in the 47th minute. To be fair to the young Queenslander, few wingers would have stopped the ‘Jet’ once he put on the afterburners.
Souths were dealt a blow before kick-off when prop Liam Knight went down with an ankle injury and Mark Nicholls was called up.
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.