South Sydney prop George Burgess is in scorching water after an alleged eye gouge marred the Wests Tigers’ ugly 14-9 NRL win over the Rabbitohs on Thursday.
Burgess was placed on report and can face scrutiny from the match evaluate committee for an incident on Robbie Farah that overshadowed a chunk of Michael Chee-Kam brilliance to increase the Rabbitohs’ dropping streak at Bankwest Stadium.
The Englishman is going through the prospect of a prolonged ban if charged after final yr copping a four-match suspension for an eye fixed gouge on New Zealand’s Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.
Burgess put his fingers within the Tigers veteran’s face throughout a sort out and Farah obtained up and complained to referee Adam Gee, who positioned Burgess on report early within the first half.
Chee-Kam was the unlikely hero, producing a four-pointer out of nothing after he ran 50 metres, beating tried tackles by Kyle Turner and Adam Reynolds earlier than stepping round fullback Corey Allan.
It was harking back to his late game-winning effort in opposition to Brisbane in spherical 5 as Michael Maguire’s facet registered their second win in a row.
Earlier it regarded like Reynolds – in his first recreation again from a again damage – had received his facet the sport when he broke the Eight-Eight impasse with a area purpose within the 73rd minute.
Nevertheless Chee-Kam struck with three minutes remaining because the Rabbitohs slumped to their fourth straight defeat.
Whereas Chee-Kam’s late attempt lit up the 9807-strong crowd, it was a largely uninspiring affair.
Either side struggled to carry onto the ball in slippery situations which have turn into a trademark of evening video games performed at Bankwest Stadium with the Rabbitohs making 14 errors and the Tigers 12.
The scores had been locked up at Eight-all at halftime nevertheless the Tigers ought to have been up by extra after spending a lot of the first 40 minutes contained in the Rabbitohs’ finish.
The Tigers had 61 per cent of possession and 22 tackles contained in the opposition’s pink zone in comparison with Souths’ two however struggled to land a punch.
They did get again on degree pegging two minutes earlier than the halftime siren when Luke Brooks dabbed the ball into the in-goal and Corey Thompson beat Reynolds and Roberts to attain.
Nevertheless the Rabbitohs had been equally wasteful within the second half as their consultant season droop continued.
Souths coach Wayne Bennett mentioned he had solely seen the Burgess incident briefly however was disillusioned.
“There was simply no must put himself in that place to begin,” Bennett mentioned.
“I’m not condemning him for it in that I don’t know whether or not his fingers really made contact with the attention or not. The purpose is it was completely unwarranted anyway.”
Maguire praised Chee-Kam, revealing he was instructed by his teammates within the dressingsheds to give you a profitable play.
“The boys really mentioned to him ‘you’re going to need to give you one thing particular’. I didn’t assume it was going to be that one,” Maguire mentioned.
“He’s obtained a bit if x-factor about him. It’s nice to have him amongst the boys, he was capable of give you an enormous play for us.”