Rugby League


Burgess brothers crave NRL premiership

South Sydney hardman George Burgess says he and his brothers are determined to take advantage of their last chance to win an NRL premiership together.

Sam will depart for English rugby union at the end of the season, breaking up the quartet of Burgess brothers at Redfern. George will remain at the Rabbitohs with Luke and Tom next year.

The 22-year-old hulk said the narrowing window to win the comp alongside three family members was spurring him on.

"We want to make the most of it because it’s [Sam’s] last year but we also want to win for the team,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to win every year. It’s not just because he’s leaving. It is that bit of added incentive, but you’d take [a premiership] every day.’’

Burgess said the fourth-placed Rabbitohs would go into Monday’s clash in Canberra wary of the 15th-placed Raiders. On paper, the game seems a mismatch but Burgess says they still have fresh in their minds their round-four clash in which the Raiders ambushed their more-fancied rivals, winning 30-18.


However, Burgess knows his side is well positioned to make a run for the premiership.

‘‘We’ve just got to work hard at training and not worry too much about the ladder,’’ he said. ‘‘Everyone keeps talking about the ladder, but I don’t worry too much about that as long as you’re at the right end of the table at the right end of the season.’’

Emerging Souths half Luke Keary will play off the bench for the third consecutive game. Against Parramatta a week ago, Keary replaced No.7 Adam Reynolds in the second half. Many expected that when Keary was brought on, five-eighth John Sutton would move into the forwards. But it appears coach Michael Maguire plans to interchange Keary and Reynolds. Burgess rejected suggestions Reynolds was under pressure to hold his place, instead describing the Rabbitohs’ halves options as a luxury and the envy of rivals.

‘‘I don’t know why people have been making such a big deal out of it,’’ he said. ‘‘We see it every week in training, there’s nothing to worry about for him [Reynolds]."