Not long after Josh Reynolds earned THAT penalty, an SMS was fired off to his mobile phone.
”The old one-legged kangaroo hop!” texted his father.
As debate raged over whether Reynolds milked the penalty that proved the difference between the teams, Robbie Reynolds could see the funny side.
”With that last penalty I had a bit of a laugh. It looked like a bit of a Kangaroo hop if you look at it closely,” Robbie Reynolds said.
”It was a bit touch and go. They might have got the penalty anyway once Stewart swept his leg and Josh might have been trying to get his footing.” And then he added, with a chuckle: ”I noticed the little spring in his step.”
The Manly faithful at Brookvale Oval weren’t as amused after Reynolds was involved in another controversy. The NSW utility was given the benefit of significant doubt when on a try in which he appeared to ground the ball just short of the line.
While his father thought that call was more clear cut – ”That was spot on, we were sitting right there and you could tell he got it down right on the line” – it earned the ire of the Sea Eagles fans. Some overstepped the mark, with allegations that projectiles were thrown onto the field and claims Dally M medallist Ben Barba was spat on and abused. Teammate Dene Halatau allegedly copped the same treatment.
The Bulldogs lodged an official complaint with the NRL, with CEO Todd Greenberg concerned about the lack of security.
Manly counterpart David Perry said an investigation was under way and the club would assess whether to bolster security for future fixtures. He added that video footage of the incidents were being reviewed, with offenders facing a ban if identified.
”We’re reviewing the game-day operations to ensure we are up to standard so incidents don’t happen again,” Perry said.
”We’ve been in contact with the NRL and we’re reviewing the evening. We obviously don’t condone that behaviour so we have to understand what the allegations are and what happened.”
Speaking on radio on Saturday, Canterbury coach Des Hasler revealed the match-winning penalty goal wouldn’t have been taken if Keiran Foran did not advance the mark by backchatting.
”We wouldn’t have taken the kick from halfway,” Hasler told Triple M’s Deadset Legends. ”We would have taken the penalty and worked it in and gone for a field goal.”
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.