George Burgess' advice for Josh Morris
South Sydney prop George Burgess doesn't think Canterbury's Josh Morris should feel singled out over allegations he took a dive that landed his brother Sam Burgess a two-match suspension.
"Sammy is used to picking on twins. He used to pick on me and Tom when we were younger," George said on Thursday at Redfern Oval.
"Now that we're bigger he has to pick on some other twins, I suppose.
"Look it's a bit of a wind-up and nothing really much to it. Everyone just needs to get on and play some footy."
Sam Burgess returns from his two-week exile, when the Rabbitohs play Canberra in Gosford on Saturday.
The older Burgess sibling took a stab at Morris' true level of discomfort when he collided with the Bulldogs centre in South Sydney's 20-16 win at ANZ Stadium in round four.
"I thought he was milking it, it ended up costing me a couple of weeks, but that's football," Burgess said on Tuesday. "Two players going into contact, you get a lot of bumps and get on with it."
Morris fired back on Thursday telling The Daily Telegraph: “At no stage was the injury faked. I was in serious pain and a state of panic and distress and gasping for air," he said, referring to the impact Burgess caused to his throat.
George Burgess admitted Sam's comments were a result of his frustration at sitting on the sidelines.
"Probably a little bit … I think Sammy is pretty keen to put it behind him now. He's been working hard in his little break. He's looking forward to getting back out there on Saturday and get back into his play and getting some momentum."
That is something George and twin Tom are building as starting props. In last round's 26-14 win of the Sydney Roosters, they combined for 26 runs, 326 metres and eight tackle breaks.
"I'm feeling a bit better as I get my game fitness up as the year goes on. I'll keep on that and see where it takes me," said George, who experienced the other side of the form spectrum last year, when he was dropped to the Intrust Super Premiership.
But he had undergone hip surgery in the 2017 pre-season for an ongoing ligament-muscle issue around his left joint.
"My body is feeling a lot better and managed to get a full pre-season this year and that's been good for me. I can do the little extra bits at training," he said.
"It was one of those frustrating injuries where you couldn't do a lot with it but just rest."
That's one thing he won't have time to do as the Raiders search for three wins in a row, buoyed by the attacking potency of Nick Cotric, Jordan Rapana, Jarrod Croker, Joey Leilua and Jack Wighton.
"They are leading the comp with their back-five metres so we obviously have to do a job on them," George said.
"Raiders are a team that starts really well, even in the games they've lost. So we have to be good out of the blocks."
Canberra's back five have 12 tries but their Rabbitohs rivals have equalled that tally.
Second-rower Angus Crichton is more concerned about the forwards, especially the larger ones like Junior Paulo, Shannon Boyd and Sia Soliola.
"I’m not sure who the hardest is to tackle but that forward pack is massive," Crichton said.
"We've had plenty of good preparation here this week tackling out big boys like Vinnie Leuluai and the two big Burgess boys.
"Every pack these days has a couple of 115, 120 kilo big boppers so Canberra is no different."