Rugby League players are certainly well known for the odd ‘brain explosion’ from time to time – but this one from NRL star Josh Reynolds surely must rank as one of the most bizarre.
Reynolds – who plays alongside England’s James Graham for the Canterbury Bulldogs – was involved in perhaps the most ridiculous moment in NRL history at the weekend, whilst playing for the Bulldogs against Gold Coast Titans.
With the Bulldogs leading 18-0, and in complete control of the contest, Reynolds collected the ball with just seconds of the first-half remaining. He opted to run into touch to see the half out without fuss but, as he thought he had crossed the whitewash, he tossed the ball to Gold Coast’s Anthony Don with a rather cheeky pass.
The touch judge ruled he had gone out of play, but referee Ben Cummins penalised the Canterbury man for an intentional forward pass – TV replays showed Reynolds was still very much in touch as he crossed the stripe. By this point though, Reynolds had already run off down the tunnel, believing he had gone across the whitewash, bringing the half to an end.
Thankfully, Gold Coast’s penalty didn’t come to much – but the Titans eventually won the game 19-18. As for Reynolds’ hilarious moment of madness, you can watch it below. Is it the strangest moment of 2014 so far?