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FRIDAY MARCH 26 2021 SPORT 47 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Bennett backs call on Reynolds SOUTH Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has backed the clubs position to only offer halfback Adam Reynolds a one-year deal but warns it could result in Reynolds leaving for a better opportunity. A day after Reynolds manager Steve Gillis conceded the premiership-winning halfback could depart if the club didnt offer him a bigger deal, Bennett urged both parties to make a decision. The Rabbitohs have offered their No.7 a one-year deal, but the playmaker wants more. Souths stance prompted Reynolds manager Gillis to declare: Unless Souths reassess their position, I dont envisage Adam will be there in 2022. Bennett understands both player and club are putting their busi ness interests first, but one will have to bend to get an outcome. The club has got a position, he has got a position, so they have got to work it out between them, Bennett said. Ill back both of them if they are going to hold their position. Reynolds is fit to face the Sydney Roosters on Friday night after suffering a concussion against Manly last weekend. MATT LOGUE Adam Reynolds. DCE TO BE PLAYERS VOICE MANLY and Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans will replace Cameron Smith as the general president of the Rugby League Players Association. Cherry-Evans was appointed on Wednesday night. The Sea Eagles skipper has served as an RLPA director since 2019 and has been a strong advocate for the association as part of the player advisory group and delegate structure. Cherry-Evans will fill the vacant position left by Smith, who held the role since 2017 before officially announcing his retirement from the NRL this month. Cherry-Evans said he was honoured by the appointment and was looking forward to advancing the players collective interests. Penrith trysaver at death seals win A STUNNING trysaver from Viliame Kikau and Stephen Crichton after the siren has given Penrith a dramatic 12-10 victory over Melbourne in their grand final rematch. Crichton had seemingly stolen the game for good when he converted Kurt Capewells solo try with two minutes remaining on Friday night. However that wasnt his final contribution, with the centre combining with Kikau to hold up a rampaging Justin Olam over the line on the final play of the game. Kikau had also gotten up just moments after being knocked over from a decoy on the other side of the field that caught the attention of the video referee. The hotly-anticipated grand final rematch was anything but, with 12 of the 34 players that featured in the decider either retired, injured, suspended or moved on to other clubs. Ryan Papenhuyzen, Dale Finucane and Felise Kaufusi were all missing for the Storm, while Nathan Cleary and Api Koroisau were also out for the Panthers. But it failed to prevent two sides widely tipped to again feature at the end of the season from producing a gripping contest, complete with a remarkable finish not dissimilar to last October. Penrith hadnt conceded a single point over the opening two rounds but Melbourne took just 10 minutes to open them up, with Brandon Smith burrowing over from close range. However it was all tied at the break when Dylan Edwards created space for Charlie Staines in the 31st minute. Already without Cleary (concussion) and Koroisau (wrist), Penrith is now looking at being without fullback Edwards for an extended period. The Panthers No.1 was having one of the games of his career, keeping the home side in the game with a game-high six tackle breaks and 110 metres in an impressive first half. But Edwards failed to take the field in the second half after suffering a suspected fractured hand, with the versatile Tyrone May filling in at the back. Theres been plenty of debate over whether the Panthers should release Canterbury-bound playmaker Matt Burton early, and the promising playmaker showed why. The 21-year-old flashed a kicking game that drew praise from Andrew Johns, and a neat passing game.Penriths Matt Burton impressed against Melbourne in Sydney last night. Picture: Getty MATT ENCARNACION Kikau, Crichton heroes in GF rematch with Storm ORIGIN star Tino Faasuamaleaui may be the Gold Coasts man of the moment but that wont stop Titans dynamo Tyrone Peachey from trying to pinch his No. 13 jersey. Peachey has declared he still wants to be the Gold Coasts starting lock after being relegated to a bench utility in the opening rounds. Peachey has been dynamic off the pine for the Titans heading into Sundays clash against the Cowboys in Townsville. But the former NSW Origin utility isnt satisfied with watching the opening exchanges and wants to be elevated into the starting 13. Faasuamaleaui is one of the hottest prospects in the NRL, winning last years grand final with Melbourne and debuting for Q u e e n s l a n d before joining the Titans. But Peachey is intent on taking his jersey. Its not more enjoy able (coming off the bench), I prefer to start, he said. The coach (Justin Holbrook) really thinks thats best for the team so whatever he wants I do. It worked last week (win against Broncos) so hopefully it will this week. Thats been the game plan the coach wants. Tino, Wal (Jarrod Wallace) and Moe (Fotuaika) start and tire them out then I come on and try to beat them through the middle. My goal coming into the season was to start lock and it hasnt gone away. Peachey, 29, (pictured) has a lofty goal to unseat Faasuamaleaui but his determination bodes well for the Titans. He has amassed 99m and 114m in the opening two rounds to go with 21 and 30 tackles, proving he is having plenty of impact. Peachey eyes off Big Tinos lucky 13 TRAVIS MEYN
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