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Des Hasler backs Josh Reynolds after 'harsh lesson'

Night to forget: Josh Reynolds.

Night to forget: Josh Reynolds. Photo: Getty Images

Canterbury coach Des Hasler says five-eighth Josh Reynolds will have learned a lesson from being reported twice and sent to the sin bin – but argues he did not “self destruct” in the heavy loss to Brisbane.

Reynolds was booked for kicking Sam Thaiday in the head, then for tripping Ben Barba and was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle on Alex Glenn in the 41-10 flogging by the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

“I think ‘self-destruct’ is a little bit harsh, yeah,” said Hasler.

“I wouldn’t say self-destruct but he learned some harsh lessons out there. He knows he’s done wrong.

“He had a bad night, he had a tough night, he’s well aware of that. Frustration probably got the best part of him tonight but he’s not like that, he’s not that kind of player.

“It’s a tough lesson he learned tonight, he’ll cop his medicine and he’ll get on with it. That’s all.

“He’ll get back up off the canvas and he’ll go again. He’s a good kid and he’s a damn good footballer.”

Reynolds was not made available to speak to media representatives.

Centre Josh Morris, freshly back from injury, said Reynolds competitive nature was an overwhelming positive for the team but sometimes it was his undoing.

“He probably over-played his hand a little bit (last week) because that’s the kind of player he is – he wants to be involved in everything,” said Morris.

“This week I thought he did some good things. There’s obviously some challenges he’s got to face now. Who knows what the judiciary will do there?

“That’s just ‘Grub’. He always competes well, he always wants to win and sometimes he gets himself in hot water - like tonight.”

Reflecting on a fourth consecutive loss, Hasler said: “Our main concern is obviously possession.

“On the back of some pretty fundamental and basic errors in the first half, coupled with a 7-3 penalty count, it’s very difficult to handle those momentum shifts.

“The first half, it was pretty close. At the back end of that first half … it was all Broncos possession.

“There are still four games of the regular season left and all we can do now is front up for each game. We can only improve.”

Captain Michael Ennis added: “We’ve certainly got the guys in the room capable of turning it around. We know what’s required. We’ve done it this year already.”

 

14 comments

  • Josh Reynolds.....kicks Thaiday in face...then trips Barba...then delivers head high tackle......ever wonder why his nickname is GRUB.?....

    Hasler,blames penalty count for loss......its something else,Dessie...poor play by his team....particularly.T-Wrecks and Grub

    Commenter
    Bullfrog
    Location
    The Swamp
    Date and time
    August 09, 2014, 12:53AM
    • "Grub" Seems appropriate.

      Commenter
      Max Power
      Date and time
      August 09, 2014, 7:31AM
      • You've got to wonder whether 'a bad night' really covers it. These were the acts of someone not in control - I'd be swabbing anyone who was twice on report and then sent off.

        Commenter
        James D
        Location
        Chipping Norton
        Date and time
        August 09, 2014, 8:29AM
        • Permanent concussion!

          Commenter
          tahrahrah
          Location
          sydney
          Date and time
          August 09, 2014, 8:51AM
          • The Blues Origin win has swollen Reynolds head big time.His performance against the Bronco's was that of a madman and should be season ending.He will now suffer on field taunts next year(especially in Origin games) till he loses the plot again.
            Ennis is the Dogs "grub". Reynolds is their trigger happy "loose unit".
            Great game by Bronco's tho.I hope that lil half Hunt follows his coach so Bennett doesn't get the credit for him next year.

            Commenter
            Jacko
            Location
            Warriorville
            Date and time
            August 09, 2014, 9:07AM
            • Thaiday did not get kicked in the face. Great acting Sammy.
              The trip was a poor decision and the high shot another.
              I like having a passionate player like Grub in the team, even if he make mistakes.

              Commenter
              Doggies.
              Location
              Brisbane
              Date and time
              August 09, 2014, 9:20AM
              • Kasiano & Reynolds to miss next week against the eels , that will help us hopefully grab a spot in the eight , I'm sorry for all those teams from 11th to 16th but I don't think you can make it , I think eventually bulldogs and cowboys will drop out of eight & eels & broncos will take their spots

                Commenter
                Ziggy nizscott
                Date and time
                August 09, 2014, 9:47AM
                • I was clichéd out halfway through the story. Hell, Des, the only one you forgot was 'moving forward'.

                  Commenter
                  mutt
                  Date and time
                  August 09, 2014, 10:05AM
                  • This guy has always been a dirty player. You guys should have seen during the origin series. He's a thug, including Michael Ennis.You can be aggressive without being an idiot.

                    Commenter
                    nelly
                    Date and time
                    August 09, 2014, 10:28AM
                    • Me thinks Thaiday was watching a bit too much of the World Cup!!! That grab of the shirt and collapse by Thaiday just afterwards was just as embarrassing. He started the shirt holding and when the chicken realised it could escalate he took a dive.

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                      Mr Embarrassing
                      Date and time
                      August 09, 2014, 10:46AM

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