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Reynolds claims fitting field-goal history


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…



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