The rivalry between the Roosters and Rabbitohs was at its very best on Sunday afternoon – but both clubs have paid a heavy price for the fiery encounter.
In a game that saw seven sin-bins from Ashley Klein, with both Victor Radley and Taane Milne sat down twice each, the charge sheet from the match review committee was always going to be interesting.
Souths prop Tom Burgess looks set to miss the next two weeks, ruling him out until the grand final if his side makes it there, after he was hit with a grade two careless high tackle charge.
Burgess collected opposition captain James Tedesco high in the first-half, leading to the Roosters fullback missing the remainder of the game due to concussion.
The 30-year-old will miss two weeks with an early plea and three weeks if he fights the charge and loses. Burgess was also hit with a grade one careless high tackle for a separate incident involving Matt Lodge, but will escape with an $1800 fine for that charge.
Burgess gone for 10.
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Rabbitohs teammate Taane Milne will be free to play next weekend after escaping with a grade one careless high tackle on Joseph Suaalii, and will be fined $1800.
The news for the Roosters is even worse after their loss, with front-rower Jared Waerea-Hargreaves now facing a lengthy ban for a head slam on Burgess late in the game.
The 33-year-old has been charged with grade two dangerous contact, and due to previous indiscretions will miss three matches with an early plea. If the Kiwi prop fights the charge and loses, he will miss four weeks.
Waerea-Hargreaves will either serve his ban during the World Cup later this year, or at the start of next season for the Roosters.
Joseph Suaalii was also charged in the match for dangerous contact on Mark Nicholls, but will be free to play at the start of 2023 with an early guilty plea.