Pay hits back at Burgess diving claims
Canterbury coach Dean Pay has hit back at Sam Burgess' assertion that Josh Morris took a dive in the Good Friday clash between the two side, an incident that resulted in the Rabbitohs skipper getting a two-match suspension.
Burgess missed South Sydney's four-point loss to St George Illawarra and win over arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters after being found guilty of raising an elbow to the throat of the Bulldogs veteran.
The 29-year-old will return to the Rabbitohs line-up against the Canberra Raiders on Saturday, but fronted the media for the first time since the incident on Tuesday and didn't hold back on the topic of diving by suggesting "players are trying to get a career in Hollywood".
"I thought he milked it, ended up costing me a couple of weeks," Burgess said.
"As a footballer we play a contact sport, players [are] rolling around milking it or trying to get a career in Hollywood after playing football."
Pay was in no mood to discuss the issue on Wednesday but denied the English international's claims.
"It's a big call, isn't it? For someone to say someone lays down. None of my players are like that," Pay said.
"[Josh] really struggled with it for a while, he went a few days there where he couldn't train earlier in the week.
"At the end of the day we've just got to move on haven't we. I haven't spoken to [Josh]."
The Bulldogs are scheduled to meet the Rabbitohs again in Round 18.