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Burgess pleads guilty to 'squirrel tackle'

Sam Burgess will miss two NRL matches after the South Sydney star pleaded guilty to a contrary contact charge for an alleged "squirrel grip" tackle.
Burgess pleads guilty to 'squirrel tackle'
by AAP

SYDNEY, Aug 13 AAP - Sam Burgess will miss two NRL matches after the South Sydney star pleaded guilty to a contrary contact charge for an alleged "squirrel grip" tackle.

The England international on Tuesday opted to take the early plea for the grade-one charge arising from an incident on Melbourne centre Will Chambers in Friday's loss to the Storm at AAMI Park.

In making a tackle, the imposing forward appeared to place his hands between the legs of Chambers, who remained prostrate on the ground afterwards.

Burgess' loading from four prior offences means he will miss two blockbuster home games for the Rabbitohs, against third-placed Manly on Friday and fifth-placed Canterbury the following week.

If Burgess fought the charge and lost, he still would have missed both fixtures.

The loss of the 24-year-old is a huge blow for the Rabbitohs, who've lost three of their last four matches to slip off the top of the ladder.


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