Sam Burgess is not a grub: Asotasi

By Ian McCullough,

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    Sam Burgess is not a grubby player, insists teammate Roy Asotasi, after the South Sydney star accepted a two-match NRL ban for an alleged “squirrel grip”.

    England international Burgess on Tuesday opted to take the early guilty plea on a contrary conduct charge stemming from an incident which left Melbourne centre Will Chambers writhing the AAMI Stadium turf on Friday night.

    There was widespread speculation that Burgess had squeezed Chambers’ testicles while making a tackle after video footage of the incident appeared on social media over the weekend.

    Burgess’ loading from four previous judiciary matters means he will miss two blockbuster home games for the second-placed Rabbitohs – against third-placed Manly on Friday night and fifth-placed Canterbury the following weekend.

    If Burgess had contested the charge and lost, he would still have missed two matches.

    After seeing vision of the tackle, Rabbitohs veteran Asotasi admitted on Tuesday he thought Burgess may have had a case to answer but he was quick to defend his teammate.

    “A lot of people out there are saying that Sam’s a grub,” Asotasi said on Tuesday.

    “It’s not what Sammy is as a person. He goes out and plays hard and sometimes things happen.”

    Asotasi was unware of the incident until he saw footage after training on Monday.

    “I knew something had happened at the time but didn’t really pay attention to it. But then I saw it and thought `He could be in a bit of trouble here’,” he said.

    The loss of the 24-year-old is a big blow for the Rabbitohs, who’ve lost three of their last four matches to slip off the top of the ladder.

    However they are expected to get star fullback Greg Inglis back from injury this week for his first match since the third State of Origin game.

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    • August 14th 2013 @ 2:48am
      Steve said | August 14th 2013 @ 2:48am | ! Report

      He is a grub for doing that rubbish on the field

    • August 14th 2013 @ 4:13am
      des' right hand said | August 14th 2013 @ 4:13am | ! Report

      I bet will chambers disagrees

    • August 14th 2013 @ 6:29am
      KFC said | August 14th 2013 @ 6:29am | ! Report

    • August 14th 2013 @ 6:30am
      KFC said | August 14th 2013 @ 6:30am | ! Report

      Coming from another Bunnies Prop! Everyone else in the NRL would disagree also. What he did was a dog act

    • August 14th 2013 @ 6:45am
      Shag On A Rock said | August 14th 2013 @ 6:45am | ! Report

      It was no different to Blake Ferguson allegedly sexually assaulting the girl. Burgess should be ashamed. When Burgess complained about Leon Pryce doing the same thing to him in 2007, Pryce got 3 weeks suspension. Burgess should be rubbed out for longer.

      • August 14th 2013 @ 6:57am
        Johnno said | August 14th 2013 @ 6:57am | ! Report

        oh please stop comparing real life to the footy field. Was Les Boyd whacking the Big marn darrly brohman assault. Was Mark Budgen’s late hit on the late steve rogers breaking his jaw assault. Was Greg Inglis shoulder charge on dean young assault, was Ian Roberts hitting Gary Jack assault, was John Hopoates big hit on Keith Galloway assault. No no no, to all of them, and Mark Geyer’s big hit on Paul Hauff, no it wasn’t, or Brett White knocking out Steve Price, or even Hoppa’s indecent backside antics, what stays on the footy field stays on the field, it’s not real life or assault. And Mick Crocker knocking out Brett Stewart in the grand final was fine to, what stays on the footy field stays not he footy field, it’s not real life. Gordon Tallis smashed Ben Ross, that was fine too, but in real life you couldn’t do that, what stays on the footy field stays on the footy field.

        • August 14th 2013 @ 7:32am
          Shag On A Rock said | August 14th 2013 @ 7:32am | ! Report

          You’re talking about punches and dodgy tackles. I’m talking about sexual assault. On or off the field, sexual assault isn’t what football should be about. If you think that it’s okay, then you are probably sending your email from Long Bay.

        • August 14th 2013 @ 7:32am
          Andy said | August 14th 2013 @ 7:32am | ! Report

          It is more similar to punching below the belt. Which is a different category to knocking someone out or a late hit. The tackle had finished he knew what he was doing, deserved more than 2 weeks.

        • August 14th 2013 @ 8:55am
          Shag On A Rock said | August 14th 2013 @ 8:55am | ! Report

          Johnno: BTW. You say what happened on the field stayed on the field and you cite Budgen’s hit on Rogers and Roberts on Jack, Fact is, Rogers and Jack successfully sued Budgen and Roberts. It didn’t stay on the field. What happens on the field is covered by the same laws for off it. All it needs is a will to prosecute and that also goes for Gropin’ Sam’s sexual assault.

        • August 14th 2013 @ 10:13am
          The eye said | August 14th 2013 @ 10:13am | ! Report

          Pretty sure Jarrod McCracken also sued very handsomely for an on field incident

          • August 14th 2013 @ 2:11pm
            Shag On A Rock said | August 14th 2013 @ 2:11pm | ! Report

            Blokes like Johnno enjoy the testicle grabbing and high hits until it happens to them, but I could be wrong about the former, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

        • August 14th 2013 @ 5:08pm
          des' right hand said | August 14th 2013 @ 5:08pm | ! Report

          Mate you continue to be an egg didn’t the big marn take les boyd to court in the real world and sue him for 30,000 and Gary jack did the same too Ian Roberts all in the real world

    • August 14th 2013 @ 7:24am
      Chui said | August 14th 2013 @ 7:24am | ! Report

      What else is he going to say?

      Another nothing article.

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