SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 06: Martin Taupau of the Sea Eagles is sent to the sin bin after a high hit on Raymond Stone of the Eels during the round 25 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankwest Stadium on September 06, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Rabbitoh Sam Burgess will watch his side’s first final next weekend from the sidelines, after accepting a one-game ban for pulling the hair of Rooster Billy Smith.

Burgess was reportedly shocked at the initial suspension according to, but with carryover points and some advice from his lawyer, Burgess and the club have decided not to fight the charge.

The same can’t be said for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, who will front the judiciary on Tuesday night in a bid to overturn his one-game ban for a high shot on Bunnies prop Liam Knight.

Likely joining him there will be Martin Taupau, with the Sea Eagles enforcer set to roll the dice and try to fight his grade three careless high tackle charge.

Taupau is staring down the barrel of a two-game ban if he unsuccessfully fights the charge, but with the Sea Eagles set to start their finals campaign in do-or-die circumstances, the club is expected to fight the charge.

Parramatta’s Kane Evans will miss his side’s first final, unless he contests a grade two high tackle charge.

Given Evans won’t receive an extra week off if he fights and loses, the Eels may decide to challenge the suspension.


  1. Another stat for you EDDIE, Hargreaves has the most visits to the judiciary in the NRL.
    You have to get one right soon.
    Roosters 30+ over Souths Thursday night is up there with some of your best.
    How about 2 ZILCH 2019.
    Souths the Kings of the East.
    Deal with it.

  2. So Sam gets 1 week for grooming Kramer’s hair and Hargrub to challenge the obvious cat shot.
    No charge for Cordber forearm to the throat?
    No charge for tetevano last shot on Douehi?
    You can all see where the roosters sit within the NRL.
    Dont need Sam next week.
    Souths have the best forwards depth in the comp as witnessed with the dismantling of the soft roosters twice this year with easy yardage through the middle let alone Cameron Murray destroying them single handedly.

  3. If round 1 is any indication and being a semi if you do the math according to common sense probability there will be around 30,000 Souths supporters to around 8,000 (look at me I live in the eastern suburbs) roosters pretenders there next week.
    Last 3 SCG rooster home games the members bar was closed for lack of members but the SCG catering know whats coming with Souths members attending.
    Out with the roosters long necks and fill the fridges with boutique beers, expensive champagne and quality wines.
    Will be plenty around to celebrate the 3 ZIP record and the week off.

  4. The judiciary is farcical yet again.
    Burgess gets a week for hair pulling, yet Cordner doesn’t even get cited for a raised elbow to the throat?
    That type of play is a throwback to Les Boyd . Les would be proud of him.
    No way JWH should be getting off with nothing. It was a swinging arm to the back of Knight’s head. That caused the head clash. Add that to his long list of dirty plays. Exactly the same type of swinging arm he used to break Campbell- Gillard’s jaw. One week is soft… He shouldn’t be playing any finals at all.
    As he plays for the Chickens, he probably will get off, just like the last time. Same reason for no citing of Cordner.

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