Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Heading into this Sunday’s Grand Final against the Penrith Panthers, departing South Sydney Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds will be carrying a groin injury that could influence the impact he has in his last game for the Bunnies.
Reynolds fronted the media on Tuesday to speak about the injury.
“I felt pretty good and got some kilometres in the legs,” said Reynolds.
“I’ve still got to get through a bit of kicking and join the team for a bit of work. It’s still a long week, still plenty of time to get back to 100 per cent or as close as possible.
“We’ll see how the week goes. I did a bit of running today, felt fine.
“We’ll tick a few boxes and we’ll get to captain’s run and I’ll have a few shots then and see how it feels, but I’m pretty confident that I will be kicking.”
— NRL (@NRL) September 29, 2021
The 31-year-old has ticked all the boxes required to play, but it is now no secret to anyone that he will be taking the field injured, and have a limited role to play in the proceedings of the game.
Cody Walker will have to take on the brunt of the work in the halves, but if Reynolds’ lack of involvement starts to affect the Rabbitohs, then veteran Benji Marshall may just be the key to South Sydney shifting the momentum of the game their way.
Marshall has primarily come into games off of the bench this season at times where the Bunnies have begun to stagnate and needed to shake things up in their attack, which is something that will likely happen at some point on Sunday depending on Reynolds’ impact on the game, meaning the 36-year-old could prove crucial to the Rabbitohs’ chances of winning their 22nd premiership.
It seems Marshall will be heading into Sunday’s game full of confidence, as he has recently announced that there’s a good chance he will opt to play on next season when fronting the media.
“I think I have done a really good job in the last couple of years just playing each game as if it is my last and then at the end of the season making a decision about what I want to do,” Marshall said.
“It is not going to be any different at the end of this year. Put it this way, the way my body feels right now I could play next year for sure if I wanted to.
“I will weigh all those things up at the end of the season, probably give it a bit of time to sink in and then make a decision after that.
“For me, it is more about if you have still got the passion and the desire to play then why not.”
Sunday may not be Benji Marshall playing in his last game, but rather Benji Marshall plays for a contract in 2022.