Unlike Melbourne and Penrith, there is a bit more at stake for Souths this year in terms of key personnel moving on and the need to win the title.
When Reynolds scored approaching the half hour mark of the game, Steve Roach spoke for most fans on the TV commentary when he said: “He’s a brilliant goalkicker, a brilliant player and a local junior. Hello, how could you let him go? A shocking decision.”
Walker said of parting company with Brisbane-bound Reynolds: “There are a lot of people who are in their last year at the club, Wayne is leaving it could be Benji’s last year, who knows … those are the things that are motivating us.
“I’ve played with ‘Reyno’ since 2016, it’s sad to see him go, but we’ve got plenty of time to go in the season to create something special.”
Souths are healthy with Bennett pointing out every player in their squad would be available for selection next weekend.
The Titans are Queensland’s only hope of having a side represented in the finals, but are now a big chance of missing out. They came into the game on the back of three straight wins, but now must dust themselves off and play a record-chasing Melbourne on Thursday night.
The sight of Mitchell charging down the touchline late in the game and being stopped by AJ Brimson, then hitting the line to set up Josh Mansour for his second try late in the game, was a wonderful one for Souths fans.
“He does things not many people can do, he’s a once-in-a-generation-type player, and when he’s in these type of moods, you just give him the ball and let him go,” Walker said.
The last time Souths lost it was to Penrith in Dubbo when they were on the end of a cricket score.
Braidon Burns bagged a double, as did Mansour, Junior Tatola ran for nearly 200 metres off the bench, and Mitchell and Walker did not disappoint.
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