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Reynolds leads Dogs' NRL win over Bunnies

NZN 14/04/2017 Steve Zemek

Under-pressure Canterbury half Josh Reynolds has put in a compelling case for a new contract, firing his side to a 24-9 win over South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Friday.

Reynolds is off contract at season's end, however, he proved his reputation as the heartbeat of the club was well deserved as he guided the Bulldogs to their third straight victory.

With Canterbury being linked to the likes of Cooper Cronk and Kieran Foran, Reynolds is far from assured of being at Belmore in 2018.

After scoring a try, saving another and setting up Josh Jackson's second-half four pointer, which gave his side the lead, Reynolds looked every bit the chief of the dogs of war.

In the shed afterwards, his teammates chanted "sign him up, sign him up" in a not-so-subtle message to coach Des Hasler and CEO Raelene Castle.

Hasler described Reynolds' try-saving tackle on Adam Reynolds as the key moment in the match.

"It was a real big turning point, it came off the back of one of our errors," Hasler said.

"It reflects his determination, our scramble has been good all year. We certainly needed it then."

It was an at times heated clash with Souths pair Sam and George Burgess facing possible time on the sidelines for separate incidents.

Sam was penalised for a shoulder charge on Greg Eastwood and looks set to miss next week's clash with Brisbane.

George could also be in hot water after appearing to throw a forearm or elbow at Aiden Tolman late in the game, just a week after returning from a two-week suspension for a similar offence.

After Souths led 9-8 at halftime, the game was in the balance heading in to the final quarter before Reynolds came to the fore.

He ran down Souths halfback Reynolds just inches from the line before minutes later playing a key role in his side taking the lead.

He drifted across field, sent Brenko Lee inside, who popped it to Jackson for the Bulldogs' go-ahead try to make it 14-9 in the 63rd minute.

Reynolds didn't have it all his own way - Souths fullback Alex Johnston scored the opening try when he burnt the Bulldogs playmaker for speed to run 55m and cross in the corner.

But Reynolds' reply was swift and five minutes later he grubbered for the in-goal and when Johnston let it bounce, the Bulldogs five-eighth snuck under the Rabbitohs No.1's guard to ground it.

Hasler looks set to shuffle No.7 Moses Mbye between the halves and hooker, after back-up playmaker Matt Frawley was brought on in the 25th minute and combined beautifully with Reynolds.

The move raises questions about the future of No.9 Michael Lichaa, after he spent the final 55 minutes on the bench.

Souths were left to lament several missed opportunities - twice they got over the line, however, were denied by the video referees for obstructions.

"We were in positions to be able to take the game but it takes every moment of an 80 minutes to capitalise on opportunities," Souths coach Michael Maguire said.

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