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My brother knows what to do: Sam Burgess

NZN 25/04/2017 Darren Walton

Sam Burgess has no plans on playing Big Brother to George as South Sydney's bad boy sits out his second suspension of an NRL season just eight rounds old.

The aggressive front-rower has accepted a four-game ban for a shoulder charge on Brisbane's Anthony Milford, just two matches back from a two-game suspension for striking.

Souths stalwart John Sutton expressed his frustration at having one of the Rabbitohs' chief strike weapons missing at least a quarter of the season.

The banned prop also spent a week in reserve grade for poor form earlier in the season, while narrowly avoiding another stint on the sidelines after escaping sanction for a stray elbow in round six.

But skipper Sam Burgess is refusing to condemn his sibling and backing the 25-year-old to return a better player.

"I spoke to him about it. He'll do what he needs to do and move on from there," Sam said on Tuesday.

"I've been there myself before so I know how it is sometimes.

"I'll stop commenting about it cos I just think everyone's commenting and he's getting a lot of advice at the moment.

"He probably just needs to rest up now and focus on what's going to be important to him and what he's going to bring to this team when he's available for selection again."

Sam Burgess said George would be hurting enough without his brother and club captain weighing in.

"It's a shame as well. He misses three games for Souths and he's going to miss a Test match (for England against Samoa) in the middle as well.

"So that's probably disappointing for him as well, but he'll move on and be better for it in the long run.

"He'll admit that it was a poor decision and that's that."

Sam Burgess also insists his brother won't have anything to prove on his return from suspension.

"I don't think that incident will make him hungrier," he said. "He'll just go back to what he does.

"The best thing for any player coming into a team or getting a shot coming back from injury or suspension is you don't have to do anything special. You just have to do your job.

"That's all that's required and that's all we'll be asking of George when he's available for selection again."

The Rabbitohs are also moving on from last Friday night's heartbreaking loss to Brisbane, after which referees' boss Tony Archer admitted the Broncos' match-levelling try should not have been awarded.

"The week's been and gone now," said Sam Burgess, adding that he was hopeful star halfback Adam Reynolds would return from a hip injury for Friday night's clash with Manly at Allianz Stadium.

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