Josh Reynolds landed himself in hot water after an attempted trip topped a forgettable performance by the incumbent NSW five-eighth in Country’s 34-22 win over City on Sunday.
Reynolds was out-pointed by his opposite number, Country No.6 James Maloney, and was put on report for an incident in the 51st minute when he stuck a foot out at Tariq Sims as the Newcastle backrower crossed.
The Canterbury half is in danger of spending time on the sidelines after he was last year suspended for two games for a similar incident in which he tripped Ben Barba against Brisbane.
He went into the match with a chance to press his claims to keep his State of Origin jersey but his spot now looks under threat.
Maloney set up one try and had a hand in another in Country’s win in front of a capacity 9127 crowd at Wagga Wagga’s McDonalds Park.
However they were all out-pointed by Canberra half Blake Austin who scored three of City’s four tries.
The City side took an early 10-0 lead thanks to Austin’s first two four-pointers.
Maloney came in for some heavy treatment from the City defence but shrugged off the pressure to breath life into the game.
First he kicked for James McManus who soared above James Tedesco to score. The Sydney Roosters half then had a hand in Akuila Uate’s try which put the Country side up 12-10 at halftime.
Country’s Josh Jackson put his hand up for an Origin debut when he set up David Mead in a strong display.
His Country back-row teammates Joel Thompson and Tyson Frizell also gave Blues coach Laurie Daley plenty of food for thought.
City got within two points when Austin got his third in the 64th minute however tries to Canberra pair Jack Wighton and Jarrod Croker sealed the win for Country.