Reynolds Remains his own Harshest Critic
Josh Reynolds may have stolen the show with a match-winning field goal in the Bulldogs' 21-20 golden point victory over the Titans but the experienced playmaker has refused to get carried away with his recent good form.
Reynolds' two try assists and 84th-minute field goal was the difference against the Gold Coast but there's room for improvement as far as he's concerned.
It's why as well he hasn't given a return to State of Origin this season a single thought.
"I'm pretty tough on myself but you need to be. If you think you're going alright then I don't think you can be the best you can be because there's always that one bit better you can go," he said, following the Bulldogs' one-point win.
"There's a couple of things I want to critique because I watch the best players in the game and they're so dominant. I'm not saying I want to do everything but I feel I can get better and improve in a couple of areas.
"[Origin is] something that if it happens, amazing. But if I think about it then I'm doing my teammates no justice.
"It's not the most important thing at the moment. If that moment arrives, I'll be there. But if not I just have to control the controllable."
Reynolds said moments like his failed bat back from a Moses Mbye kick which led to Josh Hoffman's game-equalling try in the 71st minute would have ate away at him in the past.
"In previous years it might have stuck with me for a little bit more. If there's one thing I can take out of my rollarcoaster career that I've had it's I am calmer I feel in crucial moments that I need to be as a half," Reynolds said.
"There are sometimes where my head gets the better of me and I need to keep calm."
There are plenty of positives for the 27-year-old considering his wretched run of form 12 months ago.
"I probably had about eight suspensions by now didn't I? And four injuries, so in that sense I'm going a little bit better," he laughed.
"I had a really good chat with Des (Bulldogs coach Des Hasler) over the off-season and he wanted me to stay in the games longer. He felt I was in games for 40 minutes but in the backend I was maybe fading out.
"That's something I've really tried to work on and I feel in that aspect I might have improved a little. I just want to keep calm, cooled and composed and make sure I'm steering the boys around."
Of the game itself, Reynolds was gutted by the Bulldogs' second straight second-half fade out.
Much like they were against the Warriors, the Bulldogs led comfortably at half-time – and in the Titans' case up 20-8 after 60 minutes – before the game was turned on its head.
"It shouldn't have got to [golden point]. We killed ourselves again this week. We were lucky to get the win but there are parts of our errors and penalties again that have cruelled us so we definitely want to work on that," Reynolds said.
"It's one of those things where we're probably playing for 40 minutes and well we definitely don't put the cue in the rack but that's probably what people are going to be saying.
"We just have to make sure we grind it out. It was a wet game, and a bit of a hard one but we can't be letting teams back in. We had a grip on the game."