Fifty-one years ago, a South Sydney star forced the game to remove the two-point basket, so it was fitting that Adam Reynolds pitched the first in the new Reynolds era on Thursday night scored a 43-yard goal in the Souths’ 35-6 win over Brisbane, becoming the first man to score a long-range double scorer this year

But that was far from the first two-point basket in the rugby league Until 1970, field goals were still worth two points, before the introduction of limited tackles made it a much option. too popular

Native Souths full-back Eric Simms kicked 68 of them between 1968 and 1970 alone, including the last two-point game of the 1970 grand final against Manly The avalanche of lost goals forced NSWRL to change the value of the game to one point, before Peter V’landys went two for kicks outside the 40-yard line this year

Reynolds had been one of the movement’s biggest supporters in a preseason poll, where more than half of NRL kickers had not seen the game used At the time, Reynolds even joked that they should be worth four points from outside 50, while the hit rate of those who were hit beyond 40 yards was only 4%. in the NRL

He started training for long-distance attempts early in the summer, certain they could become a serious option to change the momentum of the matches.

“I just think this is an opportunity to earn some easy points,” Reynolds said after Thursday’s double pointer. “The timing was right I think there was less than a minute on the clock so if you miss and hit to death they won’t get all seven tackles anyway. You just have to try to be smart about it and put yourself in a good position on the pitch “

Reynolds’ successful shot sparked the night’s biggest celebration, a sign of the star’s value out of contract by Rabbitoh’s teammates But he’s not the only one at Redfern who can start them from afar Latrell Mitchell is another long shooter, with Reynolds revealing the pair have a pre-game kickoff to determine who gets the shot if the team is in position

“He’s got a big boot on him He could probably travel 50, if it’s the crisis He hits the ball so sweetly,” said Reynolds “We each had a hit in the warm-up J ‘ nailed one and he missed it so I said I’ll take it tonight The rest is history Aspired to Latrell “

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