Adam Reynolds made an impact with the ball in hand on Friday night but it was his voice and leadership that sparked a comeback win over the Bulldogs.
Trailing 10-6 at halftime, Reynolds took control of the game and led his side to a 34-14 victory, finishing the game with four try assists.
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Still trailing with 20 minutes to go, it was Reynolds’ words under the goalposts that motivated his teammates to victory.
“I wasn’t happy with the first half,” Reynolds said.
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“It was pretty embarrassing, the Dogs were the better team for 50 minutes and I told the guys we needed to be disciplined and start holding the ball.
“When we did that we turned it right around.”
Broncos coach Kevin Walters was full of praise for Reynolds post-game, declaring that his efforts on Friday were proof of why the club paid $2.4 million for him.
“He’s good, that’s why we got him,” Walters said.
“That’s going to continue to grow for him. He’s getting used to the players and their skills, so I was happy for Adam because he’s been under as much pressure as anyone through no fault of his, just because of being captain of this club comes with great responsibility.
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“He’s been there for us in all games this season, but the results haven’t reflected that. He’s a cool head but when it’s time to go, he knows when to put the foot down. Even right at the death, they were trying to get points. That’s the Broncos way.”
Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett even admitted that Reynolds was the difference late, telling reporters: “Brisbane will benefit from having a player like him (Reynolds) in their team”.
““He knows what to do and when to do it, but we were our own worst enemy in the last 20 minutes,” Barrett added.
Reynolds’ try with 18 minutes to go opened the flood gates, with Selwyn Cobbo claiming a double moments after.
The Broncos will aim for two wins on the trot when they take on the Cronulla Sharks next Thursday at Suncorp Stadium.