Burgess accuses Morris of 'milking' his suspension penalty
Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess has accused Canterbury veteran Josh Morris of "rolling around and milking" the penalty that led to the Souths enforcer copping with a contentious two-game suspension.
Burgess returns against the Raiders this Saturday after a fortnight on the sidelines for elbowing Morris in the throat with a carry on Good Friday.
The Englishman contested his grade one dangerous contact charge over the incident at the judiciary and was found guilty on appeal, with carry-over points confining him to the stands for South Sydney's recent back-to-back wins.
Burgess fired a broadside at Morris, who dropped to the turf after copping Burgess's forearm as he went in for a tackle, before playing out the rest of a tense 20-16 win to the Bunnies.
"I thought he was milking it, it ended up costing me a couple of weeks, but that's football," Burgess said on Tuesday.
"It ended up costing me a couple of weeks. People say don't put your elbow there, but that's football, we play a contact sport.
"Two players going into contact, you get a lot of bumps and get on with it.
"If players are rolling around and milking it or trying to get a career in Hollywood after football I think we might get some better results."
Burgess also took issue with the consistency of the NRL match review panel, having previously tweeted a still shot of Cowboys lock Jason Taumalolo making similar contact on Penrith's Isaah Yeo the evening before his run-in with Morris.
While Taumalolo's contact did not draw a charge from the review panel, Burgess later deleted the post after an NRL rebuke for potentially influencing his hearing.
Dragons back-rower Tariq Sims was this week hit with the same charge as Burgess for making similar contact on Cronulla No.7 Chad Townsend, but is free to play with an early guilty plea.
Burgess claimed he had seen several other instances where the ball-carrier had gone unpunished for incidental contact that had floored an attempted tackler.
"Since mine I've seen 10 probably similar (incidents) and players just getting up and getting on with the game," Burgess said.
"I don't want to see players for what happened. We play a tough sport, I recognise that. I think the reaction of the opposing player had a big influence on the result of it as well.
"It's unfortunate that (Morris) must have hurt himself. He said he couldn't swallow for a couple of days afterwards, he must have hurt himself. But we play a tough sport, just get up and get on with it."
Asked whether he was "marked man" in the eyes of officials, Burgess conceded: "Most people play hard in the game, it's hard for me to answer that. I'm probably on the radar if I'm answering honestly."
But the 29-year-old was adamant he would not be changing his running style or take no prisoners manner on the paddock, despite his latest suspension.
"What can I change? I'm not intentionally going out there to have someone tackle my elbow, I'm carrying the ball.
"I've played 12 years of grade, 250 games including Super League, not once have I been (charged for contact as the ball carrier).
"My carry didn't change so I won't be changing much".