PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10: Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs looks to the replay screen during the round one NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess has been suspended for the next two NRL games after being found guilty of a grade one dangerous contact charge at the NRL Judiciary tonight.

Burgess entered a not guilty plea after being charged for a tackle on Bulldogs centre Josh Morris in the 57th minute of the Rabbitohs 20-16 round four victory at ANZ Stadium.

However, the NRL judiciary found him guilty of the offence.

The charge adds 140 points to the 85 carry over points Burgess had on his record, resulting in a two-game ban and 25 carry over points.

Burgess will now miss the Round 5 match against the St George Illawarra Dragons, as well as the Round 6 match against the Sydney Roosters.

Burgess will next be available for the Rabbitohs home match against the Canberra Raiders at Central Coast Stadium in Round 7.


  1. Hope one of the canberra forwards break morris’s jaw, if ever a player deserves that right now its him

  2. The whole game has gone crazy. You can’t look sideways and you get penalised. Please explain to me why is it that if you plead guilty you can play next week, but if you challenge the decision you get double the suspension?

    Sam’s case is a little different, but if it was a player on their first charge this scenario would play out.

  3. There are a few players who border on leading with their elbow – and Sam is one. Gallen, Maquire, Graham, James and a few others should take note.

  4. the game is soft its like touch footy since super greed raised its greedy ugly head to line their own pockets super league failed FACT!!!…


  5. so burger boy gets suspended for two weeks and packer is even penalised for a raised forearm which sent a player to the HIA?Buettner’s explanation as to why packer had no case to answer but sam did, made no sense whatsoever

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