Seizing the moment key for NRL's Souths

South Sydney will be trying to snap a run of outs in NRL preliminary finals when they play Manly.
South Sydney will be trying to snap a run of outs in NRL preliminary finals when they play Manly.

Recognising their moment in Friday's NRL preliminary final clash against Manly and seizing it will be the key to South Sydney snapping their grand final qualifier heartbreak.

That's the view of captain and halfback Adam Reynolds, who could face the reality of the game against the Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium being his last in a Rabbitohs' jersey.

One of three players left at the Bunnies from their 2014 grand final triumph, Reynolds wants nothing less than to snare a second premiership at his boyhood club before moving to Brisbane for the 2022 season.

Having fallen one game short of the grand final in the past three seasons, Reynolds says the key to snapping that hoodoo and going one better is pretty basic.

"It's just about us playing our brand of football, being confident to go out there and back ourselves and make sure we come up with the right plays at the right time," Reynolds said.

"It's pretty simple for us, it's about us playing our own game.

"Sounds easy. Just got to make sure we execute on the night.

"They're tough games and you've got to take your moment. You don't get too many moments in these sort of games and when they present you need to make sure you grab them with both hands."

Unlike the past three years, the Rabbitohs head into Friday's game fresh and fit having earned a week off with their upset qualifying final win over Penrith in the opening week in Townsville.

That result threw a spanner into the works of those who were desperate to see a grand final rematch between the Panthers and Melbourne - who'll instead now face off in Saturday's other preliminary final.

For Reynolds though, the chance to get bodies and minds fully focused on the task at hand has been a true blessing.

"It's been very important. It's obviously good to know that we don't have to play that following week and potentially get a few injuries out of that game," he said.

"Obviously the bodies are a bit fresher, not having to play and mentally we could switch off for that week and really focus on this weekend."

As to the reality that a loss would mean he'd played his last game for the club, Reynolds said he hadn't given that scenario a moment's thought.

"Not at all, just purely focused on my job, what I need to do," he said.

"They're a great opposition and we know we need to turn up ready to play."

Australian Associated Press