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If ever South Sydney needed a reminder of what they were missing, Adam Reynolds has delivered it with an NRL clinic.
Up against his beloved Rabbitohs for the first time on Thursday night, Reynolds starred with a role in all of Brisbane's first four tries to help sink his former team 32-12.
Unwanted for more than one-year extensions by Souths last season, Reynolds was gutted to be squeezed out of Redfern at the end of 2022.
But if there was ever any doubt as to who got the best of one of the off-season's biggest moves, Reynolds has proven it's the Broncos.
In the first season of his three-year $2.4 million contract, Brisbane now sit inside the top eight with a 5-4 record and a win clear of the Rabbitohs.
Denied a farewell in front of Souths fans last year due to the lockdown, the Rabbitohs junior terrorised his old back three with his bombs.
Corey Oates and Selwyn Cobbo both benefited with tries, with Souths fullback Blake Taaffe outjumped and also spilling the ball at the back.
Reynolds also scored one of his own, backing up after Tom Flegler and Pat Carrigan both produced offloads.
And after South Sydney got themselves back to 18-12 down with 20 minutes to play, it was Reynolds who broke their hearts.
He booted a penalty goal from near the sideline to extend the margin to eight, before putting Oates through half a hole to allow Herbie Farnworth to cross.
Booed by only small sections of the crowd, Reynolds finished the night back in the burrow signing Souths jerseys after COVID denied him a proper farewell last year.
"They have been a big part of my career. I played over 10 years at the club and they have been supportive since I came into grade," Reynolds said.
Reynolds insisted the win was not about him - but if there was ever any question over whether he had more left in the tank, he answered it at Accor Stadium.
"I just wanted to continue our form for the Broncos," he said.
"That's more important than an individual who wants something over his old team."
Brisbane are building.
They defended their own line brilliantly as TC Robati and Farnworth both produced first-half try-savers.
Cobbo completed a try double with a late length-of-the-field effort, while Carrigan and Flegler were big up front in the absence of Payne Haas.
But they are forever thankful for landing the No.7, after stringing together three straight wins for the first time since 2019.
"We're very grateful to have him at our club," coach Kevin Walters said.
"He has been consistent for 10 years in the NRL now. That's one of the reasons we actively searched for him."
Souths, in contrast, were poor.
Jason Demetriou's men again completed at less than 70 per cent and, with Lachlan Ilias still growing at No.7, teams are giving Cody Walker no space in attack.
He still helped Taane Milne over for one of his two tries, but it was still a case of too many blown chances.
"I don't think we were really here to win the game," Demetriou said.
"We showed some glimpses of staying in the fight for the first half. But that was as disappointing football as we've played all season in the second half."