South Sydney enforcer Tom Burgess has taken the early guilty plea and will be sidelined for one week after he was sent off for a high shot on Saturday night.
A lazy swinging arm collected Sharks center Ronaldo Mulitalo high on the halfway line with three minutes left in golden point.
Burgess was charged with a careless high tackle and will miss next week’s clash against the Warriors.
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The Rabbitohs were penalized over the shot and three tackles later Cronulla halfback Nicho Hynes’ slotted the match-winning field goal.
“High tackle Burgess, it’s a big problem, it’s on halfway,” Dan Ginnane said on Fox League.
“No matter what it’s a penalty to Cronulla, but what is the aftermath.
Ooft, a bit of force in that from Burgess. The players from Cronulla have just seen a replay and that’s got them bubbling again.
“Gone. Sit off. Tom Burgess straight from the field and they will finish with 12 and they have three and a half minutes to hold on with 12.”
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Co-commentator Steve Roach believes Burgess was unlucky to be penalized, let alone sent off.
“He was just trying to do something for his team, a bit over the top but I don’t think he hit him in the head actually, it slid up,” Roach said.
Hynes kicked for touch and three tackles later sent the home crowd into raptures by slotting a golden point field goal.
“Nicho Hynes is ice cool, it’s Cronulla’s night, they’ve done it again at the death in the Shire,” Ginnane said.
“It might be the moment that catapults them into the final four.”
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