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Double or nothing: Reynolds kicks first two-point field goal after week of distraction

“He’s been wonderful, the club have handled it well, he’s handled it well. It’s a tough situation, but it will be resolved one way or the other,” Bennett said.

Benji Marshall congratulates his skipper.

Benji Marshall congratulates his skipper.Credit:Getty Images

“He’s resigned to what he might have to do if he has to, and if he can stay it will be a pleasure.

“There is no blame game at our place about what’s happening. We’re getting on with life, he’s got a decision to make, the club have a decision to make.

“He’s 100 per cent committed to South Sydney, he wants to stay, but it may not be possible.”

Alongside Reynolds, Mitchell roared to life in the second half with a couple of tries, a field goal and some powerful runs.

Souths have now made it four wins on the trot, and should make it five when they host the Wests Tigers next Saturday.

They were also given a glimpse into their long-term future with Dean Hawkins, a 22-year-old rated one of the leading halfback contenders to take over from Reynolds, making a late cameo.

Cheered on by a healthy group of friends, Hawkins made the most of his 14 minutes, hustling in defence and chasing his own 40-20 attempt to pin Jamayne Isaako deep in his own end of the field. He injured himself after the game, said Bennett, while greeting his entourage.

Bennett will never tire of beating up on the Broncos, and it looked like being one of the easier victories against his former club when Souths raced out to a 10-0 lead with early tries to Marshall and Alex Johnston.

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The Broncos did well to muscle up and get back into the game.

But the visitors could not match it with their rivals for any sustained period. Payne Haas had a red-hot go up front, while Tom Dearden had his moments. Things will not get any easier when they host Penrith next Thursday.

The Rabbitohs running up a lead allowed Bennett to give Damien Cook another early mark with Marshall, who started the game at five-eighth for the suspended Cody Walker, shifting to dummy-half to accommodate Hawkins. Up front, Tom Burgess clocked up more than 200 metres, including 90 metres in his first stint.

It was a busy night in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct with the Easter Show and Sydney Kings NBL game also being held, along with a fireworks show that was easy to see at one end of the ground in the first half.

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