SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 03: Samuel Burgess of the Rabittohs speaks with the referee during the round 20 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Shark Park on August 03, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

South Sydney veteran Sam Burgess has been hit with a grade two charge for his tackle on Cronulla's Matt Moylan in Saturday night's clash.

He is facing one or two matches on the sidelines depending on his plea ahead of the judiciary hearing on Tuesday night.

Burgess whacked Moylan high in the fourth minute of the contest, with the Sharks fullback taken off for an HIA.

Moylan was eventually allowed to play out the game.

“I’m not happy with that,” Bennett said post-game.

“Sam’s been out for a number of weeks and I just wanted him to come back and lead us from the front and stay within the rules of the game.

“He’ll have to get that off his conscious I suppose. It’s not what we needed at the time. There’s no reason for it.

“His aggression is important. I want him to play with aggression. I want them all to play for aggression but there are rules and you need to stay within those parameters.”

The base penalty for Burgess' charge is 150 points, however, he carries over 50 per cent loading for a prior similar offence in the last two years.

If he takes the early plea he will miss next weekend's blockbuster clash with the Melbourne Storm.

If he unsuccessfully fights the charge, he will miss the next two matches.


  1. Should fight it.
    In R1 Mitchell hit Sam with a deliberate stiff arm which nearly broke his jaw was only fined $1600 and allowed to play following week.
    Let’s see if the rooster panel sees it that way.

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