Souths’ Burgess faces three-game NRL ban

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    South Sydney star George Burgess faces a maximum three-game NRL ban for his flagrant elbow on Newcastle forward Mitch Barnett on Saturday.

    Teammate Hymel Hunt is looking at six matches on the sidelines for a grade-two reckless high tackle on Knights fullback Brendan Elliot from the same game.

    And in a further hit for Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire, a third player in rookie Braidon Burns copped a grade-one shoulder charge and could be out for up to two games.

    But it is the likely Burgess blow that will sour the club’s 24-18 win over the Knights the most, coming after the 2014 premiership-winning forward was dropped for poor form in round one.

    The 24-year-old threw an elbow at Barnett after dropping a ball on a play-one carry midway through the first half against the Knights, resulting in his sin-binning.

    Twin brother Tom Burgess has also been axed to reserve grade for the past fortnight as Maguire searches for ways to spark the pair back to their best.

    “I just want to see consistency in their movements, when they’re looking after the ball, the areas of the game that we’re trying to challenge them in,” Maguire told Triple M NRL on Sunday.

    “The one thing about the two boys is that they’re completely dedicated to improving.

    “At the end of the day, they are the big boys of the team now and they need to make sure that they’re turning up with that performance week in, week out.”

    Maguire said the onus was on the duo to force their way into the line-up.

    “They’re the things that I’m challenging them with – to be in those positions now, you’ve got to turn up and have your A-game all the time,” he said.

    “If they consistently get that right, they’re going to be in the team without a doubt. They bring a lot to the team when they’re at their best.”

    Meanwhile, Newcastle front-rower Josh Starling was slung with a dangerous contact charge but can escape sanction with an early guilty plea.

    Manly hooker Api Koroisau can also avoid a ban with an early guilty plea for his grade one dangerous throw on North Queensland centre Kane Linnett.

    © AAP 2018

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    • March 19th 2017 @ 9:25pm
      Silvertail47 said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:25pm | ! Report

      And Hymel is facing 4 for getting it wrong in a tackle , which wasn’t intentional, I said this after BJ was fined for punching ,the biff is back

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      March 19th 2017 @ 11:00pm
      Squidward said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:00pm | ! Report

      Should be double. I’d rather be punched than have a eyebrow slicing elbow

      • March 20th 2017 @ 8:54am
        Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 8:54am | ! Report

        Maybe , but only one was intentional

    • March 20th 2017 @ 9:15am
      andrew said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:15am | ! Report

      ““I just want to see consistency in their movements, when they’re looking after the ball, the areas of the game that we’re trying to challenge them in,” Maguire told Triple M NRL on Sunday.”

      George and Tom are consistent.. They drop the ball three times a week without fail!
      To be fair, Tom went alright for the Bears on Saturday.
      3 weeks for George would have been fair if he got sent off, but he didn’t so it should be more.

    • March 20th 2017 @ 10:05am
      The eye said | March 20th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

      think youre all being harsh…..that little flurry of frustration showed that George has never had a fight in his life,not even a spar..he truly was ‘throwing handbags’ as someone else said..and that clumsy elbow although looking bad,was more about getting MB out of his space than malicious intent…that said opponents certainly depossess him of the football easier than most..couple of weeks for ill discipline is fine..really doubt he wanted to hurt anyone..

      • March 20th 2017 @ 3:13pm
        andrew said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:13pm | ! Report

        Well there was that fight he had with a street sign in Cairns a couple of years ago…

    • March 20th 2017 @ 11:38am
      MAX said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:38am | ! Report

      Souths have taken the early pleas. Come in 3 HATS!

      Makes Roosters look good things next Thursday night at ANZ.

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