Bulldogs players defend under fire Josh Reynolds

IAN MCCULLOUGH
Last updated 16:05 12/08/2014
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MELTDOWN: Bulldogs stand-off Josh Reynolds is sent to the sin-bin by referee Gerrard Sutton after tripping Ben Barba in a 41-10 thrashing from the Brisbane Broncos.

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Josh Reynolds' Canterbury teammates have defended the under-fire five-eighth following his Brisbane brain-snap last Friday night.

Reynolds is facing three games on the sidelines after being slugged with two charges during the Bulldogs' 41-10 loss to the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

The 25-year-old was sanctioned with a grade one dangerous contact charge by the NRL match review committee for kicking Sam Thaiday in the head.

This was in addition to a grade two tripping offence on former teammate Ben Barba with no further punishment given for the high tackle on Alex Glenn that resulted in his sin-binning.

But Bulldogs' centre Josh Morris said Reynolds' aggressive style is what makes him the quality player he is.

''He's the type of player you want in your side,'' Morris said.

''He competes in every play and sometimes he gets on the wrong side.

''He is the ultimate competitor and these days in rugby league if your timing is off then it can make a whole lot of difference to where your body lands up.''

Reynolds is known universally in the game as ''Grub'' a nickname given to him by Bulldogs assistant coach Jim Dymock from a character in the movie The Final Winter.

However, Aiden Tolman said Reynolds' off-field persona couldn't be more different to what he becomes when he crosses the white line.

''When he's on the field he's a competitor but he's not a grub,'' Tolman said.

''The amount of stuff he does off the field the media don't get a hold of and don't really care about.

''We know what the type of player Josh Reynolds is and so do a lot of the people in the community.

''But at the end of the day people watch him on the field and that is where they get their perception from.''

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