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Maguire calls for Adam Reynolds to step up

NZN 15/06/2017 Matt Encarnacion

Adam Reynolds is the forgotten NSW halfback who could end up as just another trivia question if the Blues go on to claim a breakthrough State of Origin series win next week.

One year after holding the fate of a state in his hands, Reynolds has been urged to rescue South Sydney from their NRL woes when they meet Gold Coast on Friday.

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire admits Reynolds hasn't quite reached the heights that elevated him into the Blues side last year, but believes his star No.7 isn't that far off.

"We all have challenges in and around our game at some stages," Maguire said.

"I guess people will be looking in and saying that (he's not the same level), and that's obviously rightly so, in areas of his game.

"But he's one player that's put a lot of time in over the last couple of months to turn that around, and that happens in people's careers.

"If he keeps sticking to the stuff that he's been focused on, he'll get the game we're all after."

After firing both cylinders at his men following their listless loss to Parramatta in round 12, the Rabbitohs rebounded by going close to knocking off Brisbane last week.

But the loss still left the 14th-placed Rabbitohs needing to win eight of their remaining 11 games to reach the traditionally needed 28-point mark and make the finals.

Maguire pinned the Broncos defeat on losing the game's critical moments; game-turning plays he believes Reynolds needs to deliver on to get Souths out of their rut.

"He's a player that can definitely come up with those. He's shown that over a long period of time now for us. If he gets out and does that on Friday, that's what we're after," Maguire said.

In added motivation for the Redfern-based club, veteran and local junior John Sutton will become the first Rabbitohs player to reach 300 games across all grades.

"When I first walked into the organisation, John was a quiet player and just went about what he needed to," Maguire said.

"Now he's a real leader in amongst the players. He's really grown over the time that I've been here, and to see him reach these milestones, it's a real credit."

While the Rabbitohs are unaffected by the Origin period, the Titans will field arguably their weakest side in their short history due to interstate duty and injuries.

Three players are away in Origin camps, while Kane Elgey and Tyrone Roberts are injured, forcing coach Neil Henry to name Chris McQueen at five-eighth.

The 13th-placed Titans also have just four wins so far this season.

STATS THAT MATTER

* Five of the six matches played between these two teams at ANZ Stadium have been decided by eight points or less.

* South Sydney have lost all six matches as the home team so far this season, and have not lost seven home matches to start a season since 1995.

* The Titans are scoring the most tries from kicks, and are conceding the lowest percentage of their tries from kicks in the NRL this season.

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