Haven’t the Bulldogs been in tremendous form in 2015?
Their monstrous forward pack and the attacking prowess of Moses Mbye, Trent Hodkinson and Brett Morris have seen the Dogs enter round 5 with 3 straight wins under their belts, having only been defeated by the Panthers in round 1.
However, this week Des Hasler has an important decision to make.
Round 1 of the NRL competition saw Josh Reynolds suspended for two rounds. To compound this, in the same game, Reynolds also suffered an injury. This has meant that he has been unavailable for the last three weeks. The word is however, that he should be available against this Friday’s blockbuster against the Bunnies.
Reynolds absence has been filled by young Bulldog Moses Mbye and the Bulldogs faithful have certainly been singing his praises, particularly following the Bulldogs victory over the in-form Wests Tigers. It was Mbye that landed the field goal in golden point to see the Bulldogs come away victorious last weekend and he has been instrumental in the other victories that the Bulldogs have posted in the last 2 weeks.
Bearing that in mind, what should Dessy do? Does he replace the in-form Mbye with Reynolds, play Reynolds from the bench or not play Reynolds at all?
Josh Reynolds is an extremely talented player. He was credited as one of the reasons why the Bulldogs progressed as far as they did last year and for getting NSW across the line in State of Origin and has been consistently praised for his leadership skills and attacking prowess.
Despite this, we all know that there is another side to Josh Reynolds. A much uglier side. The side which has brain explosions and has seen him kick Sam Thaiday in the face, sin-binned on multiple occasions, kick a chair in a dressing room and trip Ben Barba (most of that happened in one game). This sort of behaviour has earned him the nickname ‘Grub’ and it certainly has affected his creditability both on and off the field (despite him being one of the most impressive players off the field, I have ever met).
It seems that many fans and people in the NRL community are looking for Josh Reynolds to grow up and get the garbage out of his game. As NRL fans we enjoy physicality, intensity and a tough contest – however there is no room in our game for foul tactics, stupidity or behaviour which could lead to serious injury for any player on the field.
Reynolds in a very passionate player. He gives 100 per cent every time he puts on that blue and white jersey and his commitment to his team mates is unquestionable. However, sometimes his behaviour is not that of someone who wants to be in a position of influence or leadership at his club, it is childish, immature and shows that he is unable to contain his passion or keep it under control. This behaviour has done the Bulldogs no favours and has now left Reynolds in a position where many are questioning whether he should be given automatic passage back into the first grade side this weekend.
If I was in the position of Des Hasler, I would start Reynolds from the bench. Moses Mbye has been very impressive and should be rewarded for his performances in the last three weeks.
As for Josh Reynolds, I’m hoping that for the rest of the year he continues to work hard on and off the field to control his passion so that the player which I know off the field can be more accurately reflected in his play on the field.
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