Adam Reynolds' kicking game will be crucial for the Rabbitohs.
Adam Reynolds' kicking game will be crucial for the Rabbitohs. JOEL CARRETT

Kicking game crucial for Souths' halfback

RUGBY LEAGUE: Adam Reynolds knows how important his kicking can be for the Rabbitohs, in general play and at goal.

The 28-year-old missed two of three penalty attempts, one of two conversion attempts and two field goal attempts against Manly in round four on Sunday, when they were edged by a point.

The Daily had caught up with him just a couple of days earlier, when he'd finished doing an extra goal kicking session.

"It (goal kicking) is a big part of the game," he said.

"If you go up by sixes rather than fours it can take a bit of scoreboard pressure off and put it on the other team.

"Every point is vital these day, there's no easy game in the NRL ...there's upsets galore."

It pushed his goal conversion rate for this season to 67%, down from 75% last year and 88% the previous year.

Reynolds also realises how crucial boot on ball can be on fifth tackle options.

"You've got to be consistent. Kicking (in general play) is a big part of the game these days," he said.

"If you can take away teams' opportunities of playing in your half that makes things a lot easier and it puts a bit of juice on your team's tank towards the back-end of the game.

"You tend to reap the rewards from it.

"So it's something I continually work on at training or in my spare time. It's something I like to get right."

Reynolds looms a key man for the Rabbitohs in their clash against the Warriors at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday.

But he's wary of the New Zealand captain and reigning Dally M medallist Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

"He's always dangerous with the ball. You've got to be alert when he's around ... but they've got skilful players all over the park and their forwards like to play ball and offload at times."

Reynolds, who played two games for New South Wales in 2016, said he'd "love the chance" to play Origin again.

"I thought the halves did a great job last year and there's a number of halves putting their hands up this year," he said.

"I've got to play consistent football for my team and get wins for Souths. I'd love the chance again."