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South Sydney Rabbitohs' Ben Te'o may have played his last NRL game

Charged: Rabbitohs back-rower Ben Te'o.

Charged: Rabbitohs back-rower Ben Te'o. Photo: Getty Images

Ben Te’o’s NRL career was likely to end on the sidelines after he became the fifth South Sydney player charged in two games for wrestling opposition players into dangerous positions.

A shocking judiciary record could see Te’o rubbed out for up to five games after he was whacked with a grade two charge of dangerous contact with arm/shoulder pressure for a chicken-wing tackle on Brisbane’s Sam Thaiday in the Rabbitohs 42-16 victory on Thursday night.

The base penalty would have Te’o miss just two games, but 45 carry over points, plus a host of loadings, would have the back-rower suspended for four games if he took the early guilty plea. With only three more regular season games for the Rabbitohs, this would make Te’o’s 150th NRL game on Thursday night his last because of his two-year deal to join Leinster Rugby at the end of this year.

Should he receive the maximum ban, Te’o might not be eligible for selection until the NRL’s grand final on October 5 if South Sydney finished in the top four and won their two finals matches.

Teammates Chris McQueen and Kirisome Auva'a would escape suspensions after being charged with a grade one crusher tackle. Rabbitohs big man George Burgess had one game to serve on his suspension for a chicken-wing tackle while Issac Luke escaped a ban, despite being charged for his part in the tackle that had Burgess suspended.  

Any suspension for Te’o could ease a selection headache for coach Michael Maguire, who needed to slot skipper John Sutton back into the mix. Sutton’s injury had allowed Luke Keary and Adam Reynolds to star in the halves.

The Rabbitohs judiciary woes overshadowed a Greg Inglis inspired victory on Thursday night that resulted in South Sydney surging to the top of the premiership ladder.

The win was their fifth straight and Inglis scored a hat-trick of tries. The Rabbitohs walked away from the match injury free. Only veteran back-rower Ben Lowe nursed a popped rib, which wasn’t expected to rule him out of their clash against North Queensland next week.

Lowe paid tribute to Inglis. “Greggy is a great athlete. I have the best seat in the house when he is doing those type of things. He can do them each week for us if he wants to.

“He can do anything at any stage of the game, like Jarryd Hayne. He is very grounded and has a good head on his shoulders. He knows what he has to do.”

While South Sydney continue to impress, they know anything but a grand final appearance will result in an unsuccessful season. The Rabbitohs have been bundled out of the competition one game short of a grand final appearance in the past two years.

Lowe, who joined the club well before it blossomed into a premiership contender, said the playing group was not getting carried away with recent results.

“I’ve been through a few dark days at South Sydney,” Lowe said. “It’s great to be winning games of footy but we can’t get too ahead of ourselves."

22 comments so far

  • If he was wearing maroon and white, did either an eye gouge or crusher tackle and get Maguire to "do a Toovey" he'll get off. The MRC ignore those. Cheque please.

    Commenter
    Lefty
    Location
    Central Coast
    Date and time
    August 15, 2014, 11:49AM
    • perhaps the MRC finds it more concerning that a team appears to be chicken winging other teams as a tatic they've trained for - two players in two games cited - obviously slow learners.

      Commenter
      TC
      Date and time
      August 15, 2014, 12:22PM
    • Lefty, replays showed the supposed gouge was not one and similarly the crusher was not one (nor was McQueen's in my view). However, Gurgess and Luke should have got 4 weeks each for their chicken wing, particularly given Matai took no further part. No justification from you re that I guess. The chicken wing is up there with the grubbiest acts in the game, its not tough its just grubby.

      Commenter
      John B
      Date and time
      August 15, 2014, 12:52PM
    • +1, some teams like some players are protected species

      Commenter
      pdaddy1703
      Location
      Central Coast
      Date and time
      August 15, 2014, 1:19PM
    • boring comment. So cliche.
      Ben seems to have lost a fair bit of that ol' thang called dicipline this season. The game will miss his talent, but wont miss his il-dicipline.

      Commenter
      Iggle Piggle
      Location
      The Night Garden
      Date and time
      August 15, 2014, 6:38PM
  • Wow what a coincidence. Last week it was George Burgess, this week it is Ben Teo. Let me tell you this, listen closely. The Rabbits run of hot form as occurred at around the same time they have become the grubbiest team in the comp & have decided to wrestle their way to the premiership. Watch them closely next week. They push the boundaries in defence & also are the in attack. Never seen a team walk off the mark as much as they do when tackled, how do you think they get such a roll on. Watch them refs, this is a team that wants to win, whatever the cost.

    Commenter
    Shane
    Location
    Hammondville
    Date and time
    August 15, 2014, 12:18PM
    • what team do you support shane...the 'saints'?

      Commenter
      gabby
      Location
      glenhaven
      Date and time
      August 15, 2014, 2:09PM
    • Another ridiculous comment from Shane of Hammondville. In case you don't know the Bunnies are the least penalised team in the NRL.

      Commenter
      FaulcoBear
      Location
      Faulconbridge
      Date and time
      August 15, 2014, 4:15PM
  • 4 weeks for an early guilty plea is pretty outrageous for that incident. It was a clumsy tackle, worthy of a week at most if you put it up against the 2 weeks that George Burgess got. I really dislike those wrestling techniques, but if hope the NRL doesn't lose the plot with this like it did with the shoulder charge.

    Commenter
    Roger
    Location
    Surry Hills
    Date and time
    August 15, 2014, 1:00PM
    • +1. Teo was wrapping up the ball-carrying arm and when they went down in the tackle it ended up in an awkward position looking bad - only because Teo didn't let go of Thaiday's arm when they hit the ground. This wasn't even half as bad as G.Burgess' effort so 1 week at most. Hope he fights it.

      Commenter
      Ray Man
      Location
      bm
      Date and time
      August 15, 2014, 3:35PM

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