George Burgess and Ben Te’o will miss Souths’ match against the Bulldogs on Friday after being suspended by the NRL judiciary.
South Sydney will be missing lots of forward firepower for the traditional Good Friday match against Canterbury, with Ben Te’o and George Burgess both accepting one-match bans from the NRL judiciary.
England international Burgess and Queensland Origin rep Te’o were handed the week off for tripping Penrith fullback Matt Moylan in the Rabbitohs’ 18-2 win over the Panthers at a sodden Sportingbet Stadium on Friday night.
But the Bulldogs will also be missing a big man for Friday’s Rabbitohs clash at ANZ Stadium, with Frank Pritchard out for a week after pleading no contest to a careless high tackle on Konrad Hurrell at Eden Park last Sunday.
Meanwhile, things just keep going from bad to worse for the under-fire New Zealand Warriors, with Ben Matulino outed for two weeks for his shoulder charge on James Graham.
And three players have been charged by the match review committee out of Melbourne’s last-gasp victory over St George Illawarra on Monday night.
Storm centre Will Chambers could get three weeks on the sideline if he fights his citing for a grade two shoulder charge on the Dragons’ Josh Dugan.
He’ll get two weeks with an early guilty plea.
However, Dragons pair Joel Thompson and Mitch Rein can play this weekend against the Warriors if they take early guilty pleas.
Thompson was cited for a dangerous throw on Storm match-winner Young Tonumaipea in the 24th minute, while Rein was pulled up for dangerous contact with back-rower Ryan Hoffman.