This was not how the fairytale was meant to end for Adam Reynolds

Adam Reynolds has kicked them from the same spot for the past 10 years.

So what a bloody shame it was the ball refused to co-operate when he needed it most.

With just five minutes left on the clock in Sunday’s NRL grand final Reynolds had the chance to level the scores after Alex Johnston crashed over in the left corner.

Andrew Johns said in commentary on Nine that Reynolds had the chance to nail a pressure kick that all kids dream about growing up.

He took his time, took a deep breath and then moved in and struck the ball sweetly, only for it to start right and stay right. A little more breeze in Brisbane would have seen the ball swing back in through the uprights.

The look on Reynolds’ face as he ran back to the defensive line said it all.

A heartbroken Adam Reynolds after missing a sideline conversion and long-range field goal attempt at Suncorp Stadium.Credit:Getty

It was even more heartbreaking when he tried to make up for his miss with a two-point field-goal from beyond 40 metres in the final minute. The ball bounced short, Reynolds put his hands on his knees and looked shattered.

What a cruel way for the skipper to finish his time at his childhood club.

Most Souths fans were already shattered Reynolds was forced to leave to take up a three-year deal at Brisbane.

But Reynolds himself would have been heartbroken by his final performance in the red and green.

The man known for his prowess with the boot could scarcely have struck the ball sweeter.Credit:Getty

His lethal right boot broke all sets of records and won no shortage of games for Souths.

A dodgy groin had him in doubt to kick goals before the game, but he could not have struck the conversion nor field goal any sweeter.

South Sydney did a remarkable job to stay in the contest as long as they did.

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They barely had any ball, and when they did they were never in decent enough field position to apply any serious pressure to Penrith.

On the one occasion they did, it came on the back of a penalty and required some Cody Walker magic to score.

Walker himself would have been gutted after full-time given his cutout pass for Johnston in the 67th minute was intercepted by Stephen Crichton for a try.

Nathan Cleary produced an identical pass for Crichton in last year’s decider, only for Melbourne’s Suliasi Vunivalu to pounce and race 90m for a try.

Cleary was one of the first players to get in the face of Walker after his error. Walker did not appreciate the antics as Phil Gould said on the coverage: “That so unfortunate for Cody Walker because he’s been terrific. It would be terrible for him if the game is decided by one pass.”

Walker, like Reynolds, had a brilliant year and deserves to hold his head high.

As TV images showed Reynolds doing well to hold back the tears, a lump was heard in the throat of Cameron Murray when asked about his halfback and said: “I can’t put into words how much he’s done for this club, I’m so proud of him, and it’s been an honour to play with him the first few years of my career.”

What did not help Souths was the loss of Jai Arrow after half-time after he suffered from delayed concussion symptoms.

Arrow was brought from the field after he was clocked by Viliame Kikau, returned five minutes later and stayed on for the final 15 minutes of the first half. But after feeling groggy in the sheds, Arrow was forced to watch the remainder of the game from the sidelines.

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