Tony Williams could get another chance to shine in the Bulldogs’ halves after Josh Reynolds was suspended for three NRL games after Origin III.
Tony Williams could reprise his starring role in the Canterbury halves after five-eighth Josh Reynolds was suspended for three weeks for his State of Origin shoulder charge.
Reynolds copped a three-match ban for his tackle on Will Chambers in the first half of Origin III on Wednesday.
The NSW five-eighth will sit out Saturday’s round 18 fixture against the Storm in Melbourne after taking the early guilty plea, and matches against Wests Tigers and North Queensland before returning in round 21 against fellow competition leaders Penrith.
Williams starred as a make-shift playmaking option in the Bulldogs last start upset win over Manly in a shrewd coaching move from Des Hasler, with Reynolds and Dogs halfback Trent Hodkinson absent on NSW duty.
It was the Dogs’ first win in three Origin period matches without their representative halves.
Josh Jackson filled the five-eighth role against the Sea Eagles and with boom rookie Moses Mbye still sidelined with an ankle injury he is another option for Hasler in the halves alongside the returning Hodkinson.
Reynolds was one of four players charged from incidents emanating from Queensland’s 32-8 thrashing of NSW at Suncorp Stadium, after the Blues had wrapped up their first series win in nine years three weeks prior.
Blues enforcer Greg Bird is again sidelined due to a dangerous throw. He will sit out two matches for a 59th minute hit on Gold Coast teammate Nate Myles, after taking the early guilty plea.
Bird missed Origin I due to a similar offence.
Maroons interchange back-rower Ben Te’o will sit out South Sydney’s round 19 match with Parramatta for a 23rd minute dangerous contact charge on Blues kicker Hodkinson.
Myles won’t miss a match after taking the early plea for a second half forearm to Bird.