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Adam Reynolds was so sick that Souths doubted he would play against Newcastle.

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ADAM Reynolds was so sick on Saturday night that South Sydney coach Michael Maguire thought his star halfback was no chance of playing against Newcastle.

But Reynolds overcame the vomiting bug to play a starring role in the Rabbitohs 34-12 win over the Knights at Hunter Stadium on Sunday, laying on three of his side’s tries with deftly placed kicks.

Reynolds had failed to finish the Rabbits last two games, succumbing to a hamstring injury against the Warriors and suffering a head-clash in the win against the Sharks.

But despite being named to start, Maguire revealed after Sunday’s win that Reynolds was no guarantee of playing against the Knights.

“Fair credit to him,” Maguire said. “Last night I wasn’t quiet sure that he was going to play. He came down with an illness last night and he was actually quite crook, actually very sick.

“So it was a great effort for him to wake up this morning, he was still probably a little bit sick throughout the morning, but he turned up and played very well.

“The attitude of the players has been really strong and they are the little things that they are doing for each other, which is great.”

Maguire said Reynolds had been vomiting, while South Sydney captain Greg Inglis described his halfback’s symptoms as “a bit of everything”.

Maguire said Reynolds’ improvement over the past few weeks could be traced back to Origin.

“I think the whole team has been building,” he said.

“The forwards have been putting a platform for him to be able to kick off the back of it. The little areas of his game has continued to grow.

“After the Origin period he has come back and I can see he’s a better player for that experience.’’

“I think there is still a lot of upside in Adam’s game.”

Reynolds laid on the first try for Inglis in the ninth minute, changing the direction of the play before grubbering into the in-goal. The ball bamboozled Knights winger Cory Denniss and Inglis was on the spot to pounce on the ball just millimetres from the in-goal.

Reynolds was at it again just before half-time, this time landing a well-placed chip kick in the hands of a steaming Cody Walker who raced over untouched.

He put the icing on the Rabbits win with another chip kick, this time finding Alex Johnston for his second try.

MATCHWINNER: Adam Reynolds

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