Fifty-one years ago a South Sydney star forced the game to do away with the two-point field goal, so it was fitting that Adam Reynolds kicked the first one of the new era.
Reynolds on Thursday night nailed a 43-metre drop goal in Souths’ 35-6 win over Brisbane, becoming the first man to score a long-range double-pointer this year.
But it was far from the first two-point field goal in rugby league.
Until 1970 field goals had always been worth two points, before the introduction of limited tackles made them a far too popular option.
Indigenous Souths fullback Eric Simms kicked 68 of them between 1968 and 1970 alone, including the last two-point play in the 1970 grand final win over Manly.
The avalanche of drop goals forced the NSWRL to change…