Souths stars George Burgess and Ben Te’o are a chance to miss Friday’s massive NRL clash with Canterbury after being charged with tripping.
Star South Sydney duo George Burgess and Ben Te’o are set to miss Friday’s round seven blockbuster against Canterbury after being charged with tripping by the NRL match review committee.
Burgess and Te’o have been charged over incidents in the Rabbitohs 18-2 win over Penrith on Friday.
In other charges from round six, Warriors prop Ben Matulino is the latest player to fall foul of the NRL’s shoulder charge ban and is facing a three-game stint on the sidelines.
Burgess and Te’o were charged over incidents in the Rabbitohs’ 18-2 victory over Penrith on Friday.
They were both hit with grade-one tripping charges – Burgess for a second-minute effort on Matt Moylan and Te’o for a 74th-minute attempt at tackling the Panthers fullback.
The charge itself doesn’t incur a one-match ban but 20 per cent loading for prior non-similar offences in the past two years and carry-over points may cost the duo if they fight the charges and are unsuccessful.
Panthers halves Jamie Soward and Peter Wallace pointed angrily at Burgess after the incident and protested with referee Ashley Klein when no action was taken.
Burgess wasn’t put on report but it was picked up by the match review committee.
The loss of England representative Burgess and Queensland back-rower Te’o would be a big blow for the sixth-placed Rabbitohs who have found some form with impressive wins over St George Illawarra and Penrith after three straight losses.
They face the second-placed Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Easter Friday in a match that drew a record 51,686 fans in 2013, with the NRL hoping for a similar attendance this year given disappointing crowds thus far.
Matulino was slapped with a grade-two shoulder charge for a 33rd-minute hit on Canterbury front-rower James Graham in Sunday’s 21-20 win by the Bulldogs at Eden Park.
Matulino faces a three-week ban is he fights the charge and is unsuccessful.
However if he takes the early guilty plea the 25-year-old Kiwi representative will miss two matches.
Meanwhile, a host of players can avoid one-game bans if they take the early plea on their charges: Soward (grade-two careless high tackle), Souths halfback Adam Reynolds (grade-one dangerous contact), Brisbane star Sam Thaiday (grade-one dangerous contact), Gold Coast’s Paul Carter (grade-one careless high tackle), his teammate Luke Bailey (grade-one tripping) and Bulldogs forward Frank Pritchard (grade-one careless high tackle).