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Rookie playmaker Cody Walker is set to steer South Sydney through the next few rounds of the NRL after Adam Reynolds suffered a jaw injury in Sunday’s crushing 42-10 win over Sydney Roosters.

Injuries to Reynolds and John Sutton (pectoral) soured the Rabbitohs impressive first-up effort in brushing aside their arch-rivals at Allianz Stadium.

Five-eighth Walker looked comfortable on his NRL debut laying on an early try and combining well with Reynolds.

Luke Keary, who missed the game through suspension, will come in for Reynolds when Souths host Newcastle on Saturday night.

Coach Michael Maguire was impressed with Walker’s debut.

“He was good Cody and with the changes on the field, he just adapted,” Maguire said.

“It is just the practise he has shown throughout the season and it has shown on the field.”

The result of scans on Reynolds and Sutton could be known as early as Monday.

Early indications were Reynolds could miss anywhere between six weeks and four months, while Sutton could be out for between four and five months.

The injuries came in Sam Burgess’ return game and the dual international said Souths will just have to cope.

“It is part and parcel of the game as sad as it is that is why depth in squads is very important,” he said.

“It gives other people a chance to come in and I’m sure they will do the job.”

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  • Roar Rookie

    March 7th 2016 @ 9:22am
    Joe said | March 7th 2016 @ 9:22am | ! Report

    Walker played very well against the Roosters. His running and passing game is really good. His kicking game after Reynolds went off wasn’t that flash though but the wind was pretty strong and he might have misjudged which Reynolds did as well first kick of 2nd half which went long. Walker’s kicking game should actually be pretty good as he spent last year understudying Cronk than under Reynolds in the off season. They will still miss Reynolds excellent kicking game though which pretty much got them the upper hand early against the chooks yesterday.

    • March 7th 2016 @ 7:51pm
      3 Hats said | March 7th 2016 @ 7:51pm | ! Report

      LUKE KEARY will take on the Number 7 and the kicking Duties, Walker will stay at 5/8.

      Last year Walker was at Souths NOT MELBOURNE, and he was NOT under study to Cronk as he was given his 2nd Grade marching orders by Bellamy and played 100% of the time in Brisbane at Easts tigers!
      WON the Intrust Player of the year there!
      He did NOT go and train in Melbourne.

  • March 7th 2016 @ 3:23pm
    Dean - Surry Hills said | March 7th 2016 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

    I was equally impressed with Cody Walkers defence.
    He came up with several front-on bone rattlers on much bigger players.

  • March 7th 2016 @ 4:34pm
    Chris Morrison said | March 7th 2016 @ 4:34pm | ! Report

    Yes Dean I agree with that. Had Fergusson well covered all game. Big props to him for that effort in a debut game. If Reynolds wasn’t injured, I wonder if Keary would of come back in?

    Keary has looked extremely sharp over the preseason though, let’s see what he can do.

    Reynolds massive loss. Sutton is also a big loss. Right up there with Carter, Inglis and Turner as best players on park. I think Sutton’s injury can be covered a little bit better with Sam able to move back to lock, George to push to front and Turner to push to second row.

    Zane Musgrove may keep his spot on the bench.

    Fingers crossed on Reynolds. Was talking and smiling after the game when he came over to the Souths section of the crowd after the game. Maybe it’s not too bad??

    • March 10th 2016 @ 7:44am
      Chook said | March 10th 2016 @ 7:44am | ! Report

      Heard Zane may be out due to an injured wrist..

  • March 7th 2016 @ 6:03pm
    Mike from tari said | March 7th 2016 @ 6:03pm | ! Report

    One thing is that Cody can get better, his kicking game can sometimes be a bit off but when it is on it is brilliant.

    • Roar Rookie

      March 9th 2016 @ 12:16am
      steveng said | March 9th 2016 @ 12:16am | ! Report

      Yes he was a bit dirty about a few of the kicks that he made on Sunday, and as you say, he will get better and when his kicking game is on he’s as good as Reynolds. Cody Walker is there to stay with the Rabbits.

      • March 9th 2016 @ 2:00pm
        3 Hats said | March 9th 2016 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

        No ones kicking game will ever be better than Reynolds
        No one EVER!
        On a scale of 1 to 10, If Reynolds is a TEN than Walker is a 4 mate.

  • Roar Guru

    March 8th 2016 @ 4:06pm
    Cadfael said | March 8th 2016 @ 4:06pm | ! Report

    Straight swap: Keary for Reynolds.

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