Set for a ban after bottled-up anger
WHILE game-breaking fullback Greg Inglis has declared himself 100% ready to burst back for South Sydney in its elimination final against Cronulla on Sunday, the Rabbitohs are in danger of losing last year's grand final hero George Burgess to a bizarre 'water bottle suspension'.
"No question I will play this week," Inglis said as Souths considered judiciary options with Burgess.
The big forward was slapped with a grade two contrary conduct charge for throwing a water bottle at rival Roosters forward Kane Evans in their clash last Friday night.
Souths officials were privately fuming about the severity of the penalty, particularly after Roosters five-eighth James Maloney escaped with a grade one tripping charge for thrusting his leg at Rabbitohs back-rower Kyle Turner.
Given the high stakes of their sudden-death clash with the Sharks, South Sydney has little to lose by fighting the charge against Burgess at the judiciary.
Meanwhile, incoming Knights coach Nathan Brown will have to plot his team's start to the 2016 season without power forward Tariq Sims, whose infatuation with the outlawed shoulder charge could have him sitting on the sidelines until round six.
It's not an ideal scenario for Brown to resume his NRL coaching career but Sims, hit with a grade two shoulder charge at the weekend, has prior offences and carryover points and will miss five matches with an early guilty plea.