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Burgess breaks silenece on squirrel grip

South Sydney star Sam Burgess has broken his silence on the infamous squirrel grip which cost him a two-game suspension, admitting he hoped the incident would end up being a lesson in self control.
Burgess breaks silenece on squirrel grip
by AAP

By Steve Jancetic

SYDNEY, August 31 AAP - South Sydney star Sam Burgess has broken his silence on the infamous squirrel grip which cost him a two-game suspension, admitting he hoped the incident would end up being a lesson in self control.

Burgess' out-of-character grab at Melbourne centre Will Chambers' testicles provided uncomfortable viewing for fans the world over, Chambers' writhing around in pain after the incident enough to make even the toughest man's eyes water.

The English Test star copped a two-week ban as a result, Burgess admitting the build-up of frustration had got the better of him in the worst possible way.

"It really hurt the team, but more than anything I'm very disappointed in it," Burgess said after his return in Friday night's 32-18 win over Wests Tigers.

"I have a lot to learn from it, I took a lot out of that. Hopefully it can help me grow as a player, control myself in certain situations.

"I'd been niggling all year, probably a little bit frustrated, just learning to keep my cool and not letting things boil over is the main thing I took from that."

One of the toughest forwards in the game, the niggling tactic came as a surprise to many Rabbitohs and NRL followers.

Burgess himself was at a loss to explain his actions,'

"I wasn't thinking what got made out - I wasn't thinking 'I'm gonna grab his balls' - I wasn't thinking that," Burgess said.

"It was one of those things that happened, it didn't look great on the footage.

"It's just one of those things, I found myself in a bad situation which probably built up through the game and I've just got to learn to deal with that.

"It's given me time to get my body right (and) get set for the finals."

Burgess' return allowed him to join his three brothers on the playing field for the first time in the win over the Tigers, which included one set late in the game in which the four siblings shared all five hit-ups.

They were joined on the field by their mum Julie after the game, Sam Burgess paying tribute to the role she had played in getting all four of them to the NRL.

"She gets excited at anything we do - just to see my mum as happy as she is at the moment, she's really an inspirational woman," Sam Burgess said.

"What she's been through and how she's dealt with things and how she's brought us up as kids - she's a special woman.

"I can only imagine how happy she is watching the boys play, especially Tom and George the twins, her little boys."




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