SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 05: George Burgess of the Rabbitohs celebrates a try during the 2014 NRL Grand Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Rabbitohs reeling with trio facing lengthy bans


The South Sydney Rabbitohs have been hit hard by the match review committee with three of their players facing lengthy bans after the spiteful clash with the Newcastle Knights.

George Burgess, Hymel Hunt and Braidon Burns were all charged after the match and are now facing multiple weeks on the sidelines.

George Burgess has been charged with a grade two striking charge on Newcastle’s Mitchell Barnett. The charge will see him miss three matches, which can be reduced to only two with an early guilty plea.

Hymel Hunt has been charged with a grade two reckless high tackle charge on Brendan Elliot. An early plea will see him miss four matches but could face up to six matches if he fights the charge and loses.

Braidon Burns has been charged with a grade one shoulder charge but will only miss one match with the early guilty plea.

The Rabbitohs will be scrambling to name their team this week with their Round 4 match against the Sydney Roosters to be played on Thursday.


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    • Agree, Burgess should have got that for sure, but Hunt, no way, his tackle was not reckless not happy with that, and Burns well i don’t know , i saw nothing in the game there, we will struggle against Easts for sure has i feel we are not playing that good, we will improve but next week will see where we are at.

      • When you re-watch that replay you can see Hunt clench his fist just as he starts his swing. I think that’s why he got the reckless charge.

  1. Steamwizard, regardless whether Burgess got sent off or not, Souths were always going to win, but i like the direction Brown is taking the team

  2. Hmm, I didn’t even see this article and just commented on the one about “Burgess facing time..” instead, so just gonna copy paste here.

    “The common opinion seems to be that George Burgess is getting off lightly for only being charged with 2 weeks suspension.
    In round 1 Chambers punched Kasiano in the back of the head twice while he was facing the other way and only got fined, no suspension. So based on that George is pretty hard done by.

    What’s funny is that no one batted an eyelid about Kasiano getting king hit, and subsequently Chambers not getting suspended, but I’ve already heard multiple people complain about Burgess only copping 2 weeks. Is it because Kasiano and George are big or something?
    If the roles were reversed Kasiano would have been suspended for at least 10 weeks for hitting Chambers in the back of the head, because he would have flattened him.
    I wonder if Barnett would have been suspended if he put that soft elbow on George. Because let’s be honest, there wasn’t much force in it. More of a missed punch turned into an elbow. Not like the good old flying elbows.”

    • Cooper from the Cowboys was also hit in the Raiders game a few weeks back, the Raiders player was fined as the outcome so there is no consistency in the rules.

    • With that being said mullens ban should be backdated like cronullas he should definitely cop a suspension je elbowed him in the face purposely

    • @JayBob, no one is talking about Barnett’s uppercut in the tackle then shove in the play the ball that started everything! It’s no excuse for an elbow but Barnett provoked a response and got one. It would have been better if it was more in line with Ron Cootes response (under similar circumstances) to Bill Bradstreet in the 1968 GF (Souths vs Manly).

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0mBIeWcSSQ

  3. I have to admit that I am surprised that Hunt cops a bigger penalty than Burgess. Hunts’ tackle was accidental, while Burgess was intentional.

    • I agree, but it’s comparing 2 different charges though. It’s like how every time someone doesn’t get suspended these days fans are like “How can you get 2 weeks for throwing a bottle and not suspended for [insert any foul play here]” They can’t really be compared, so it’s not really inconsistency of the rulings in this case.
      That’s why I used Chambers as an example, because it’s the same charge, but hitting someone in the back of the head with a full punch is apparently not as bad as elbowing them while they are ready and looking at you. Remember Danny Williams? I guess if Chambers wasn’t soft and actually did damage it’d be different, but the intent is there. It’s not a good look when we have this crackdown on the “Coward’s punch”. Also it’s not like George did any damage either so.. who knows.

    • George Burgess should have gotten at least 5-6 weeks for that (it’s almost as much as his water bottle throwing incident… and THAT didn’t connect!) I honestly think there was no intent in Hunt’s tackle. The player was falling and it happened too fast for Hunt to have pulled out. There are plenty of players who can’t hit a stationary target that alone a moving one!

      Looks like the Roosters get a big boost ahead of next weeks clash… No Inglis, No Gurgess, No Hunt and No Burns. Both Tom Burgess and Anthony Cherrington had good games for the Bears in NSW Cup but I am guessing Tom will get the call up. Talakai and Nielsen will probably get the call up to replace Hunt and Burns. Nielsen was less than average in NSW Cup and Moceidreke scored 4 tries on the wing and deserves to be promoted ahead of Nielsen.

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