South Sydney players have called for more protection for fullback Greg Inglis after he was up-ended three times against Manly.
Manly forward Richard Fa'aoso dumped Inglis twice on his head while Canterbury's Krisnan Inu was suspended for five weeks for a dangerous throw earlier this year, which led to referees boss Daniel Anderson declaring Inu should have been sent from the field. Inform five-eighth John Sutton said Inglis needed protection.
''He has been put on his head a few times this year,'' Sutton said. ''[The NRL] certainly have got to look at something. He is probably the best player in the game and he has been landing on his head every week. It's not good. Hopefully something can be sorted out.''
Target: Greg Inglis came in for extra attention from Manly. Right, Sam Burgess. Photo: James Brickwood
Teammate Sam Burgess laughed off suggestions Inglis' running style was a contributor.
''We're certainly not worried about Greg's running style - nor should anyone else,'' he said. ''Players are obviously targeting Greg, because of who he is and how damaging his running style is - although people are saying he might need to change it. Because he is so damaging, players are trying to be a bit more aggressive. That's out of our hands. Greg has just got to keep playing the way he is.''
Burgess came in for some extra unwanted attention of his own when he leapt to the defence of younger brother George who was hit high by a flying Steve Matai. Matai's forearm hit George Burgess in the head after it came off the ball. When George hit the deck, Sam rushed in and a melee ensued.
"The target from Manly was a bit of a compliment": Rabbitohs big man Sam Burgess. Photo: James Brickwood
''It's been and gone,'' Burgess said. ''It's a contact sport and that's what happened. I actually thought it was a fair hit at the time, it was just [on] my younger brother. My intention wasn't to start a fight. [George] understands that he has had a fair impact so people are more aware of him. The target from Manly was a bit of a compliment.''
Burgess has called for the NRL to explore the potential of a sin-bin for repeated dangerous play. ''Players kept getting put on report my argument [on Friday night] was, where is the benefit to us?'' Burgess said. ''No way am I saying that when someone gets put on a report it's a sin-bin, that's stupid. But when there are four incidents in one game - and two of them are identical, we aren't getting any benefit of it.''
Meanwhile, winger Andrew Everingham has confirmed he may switch to rugby at season's end. Fairfax Media understands Japan is an option.
''It's a possibility, I want to stay here,'' Everingham said. ''I'll let my manager sort the rest out. There's some interest but I really want to stay here and play good footy.''