Brisbane brand man Adam Reynolds brought the magic to the Magic Round, handing his side a 38-point victory over Manly.
Instrumental in the conquest, Reynolds bagged his six conversions, added a goal from the penalty spot and scored a superb individual try as the Sea Eagles went scoreless on Friday.
The half-back’s precise kick was a highlight, setting up several tries for his teammates at the end of his golden boot.
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“There’s a new king in town, there’s a new king in Brisbane,” rugby league icon Paul Vautin said in commentary for Channel Nine.
“That’s why they pay him a lot of money,” added Cameron Smith.
“That’s why he was bought by the Broncos, for these types of games. He brings a lot of knowledge, a lot of experience to the Broncos. These types of players create great moments and that’s what he does. “
Reynolds left the Manly defenders bamboozled and exhausted in the closing stages of the first half, scoring a sumptuous chip-and-go try.
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With the Broncos hot on offense and little room to work, Reynolds delivered a deft kick over the defensive line, beating fullback Tom Trbojevic to the ball on the rebound, before diving between the manly fullback and the winger to score.
In awe of the remarkable play, commentators Nine Smith and Vautin compared it to the exploits of former Broncos halfback Alfie Langer.
Speaking at half-time, Nine panelists Andrew Johns and Johnathan Thurston said Reynolds’ dominance could not be understated.
“He makes everyone around him feel confident,” Johns said.
“I’ve heard people say in the first two weeks that they feel so comfortable in training because he organizes his voice, he tells everyone what to do and that makes them better and better. they can then rely on their combinations, especially their forwards.
“When they go forward and at the end of their set, his kicking just puts the icing on the cake.
“His kicking game is the best ever.”
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“Because these forwards are playing balls fast for him, he’s able to kick on the front foot so he puts it exactly where he needs it and that puts the Manly Sea Eagles under a lot of pressure,” Thurston added.
When asked if he thought Reynolds was at his career best, Thurston agreed.
“I said when I was watching backstage there, I said, ‘I think he’s playing his best football ever, so that’s good signs for the Broncos.
The Broncos also had standout performances from youngster Selwyn Cobbo, who scored a phenomenal hat trick, and winger Corey Oates who netted a late brace as the Broncos secured their place in the top six of the competition. .
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