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It's with great regret that we determine the only difference between George Burgess and Eric Bana is that at least the original Hulk was acting. 

Similar to that of his myrtle-tinged superhero, we are by no means exaggerating when we say that the youngest Burgess out of West Yorkshire (identical twin Tom beat him into the world by a few seconds) destroyed everything in his path in 2013. 

Whether it was razing opposition defences, producing extraordinary stat lines, dismantling street signs in Cairns, or ruining every man's self-esteem on social media, the Rabbitohs forward went all Incredible-Hulk on the National Rugby League last season – leaving every single forward in his wake. 

Okay, so a few people weren't happy that he didn't stop at the stop sign – or with the nude selfies – but notwithstanding the few nights George swapped smashing opposition big men for car windows and male egos, last year was a genuine breakout season for yet another from the Burgess clan. 

We're talking the sixth-most hit-ups (361) in the competition, plus the eighth-most metres gained (3234) and the ninth-most tackle breaks (88). 

In one game alone, Burgess rocked the entire region of south-east Queensland by busting a season-record 17 tackle breaks against the Titans in Round 20. It was also the highest of any Rabbitoh since their reinstatement. 

For all his superhero-like achievements, however, the powerful prop has an antagonising villain in Shireman Andrew Fifita, the only forward who bested the Rabbitoh in metres and tackle breaks last season. 

An ill-timed penalty – one of many lessons the 20-year-old has learned and will learn post-breakout – in England's World Cup semi-final loss to the Kiwis robbed league fans of the chance to see the two giant props meeting in the final. 

But if any of season 2013 was a preview of things to come, then the real entertainment has only just started for the NRL's version of the Incredible Hulk. 

His trademark move: Never before did we think we'd say this, certainly not in an era where wingers spend more time defying gravity than the cast of Wicked, but barnstorming 10-metre hit-ups are seemingly the fad out of Redfern. Led by the likes of other part-human, part-monsters such as Greg Inglis, John Sutton and Issac Luke, George Burgess has taken an ominous liking to the standard carry and turned it into a pathway of destruction. 

His key play of 2013: He had two games in his rookie season of 2012, but it took just 46 minutes in 2013 for George to make his mark on the NRL. His stampeding try in the season-opener against rivals the Sydney Roosters was a sign of things to come. Receiving the ball flat-footed from a John Sutton offload, George beat four defenders to touch down under the posts. 

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