Burgess and Greenberg officially at war
The NRL has threatened to sue Souths enforcer Sam Burgess after he labelled the game's judiciary a 'kangaroo court'.
The NRL has called for a public apology from Souths star Sam Burgess and have threatened legal action against the Rabbitohs enforcer, after he took aim at the NRL judiciary labelling it a "kangaroo court". The code's CEO Todd Greenberg had a conversation with Burgess yesterday, telling the Englishman that he insulted the integrity of supreme court judge Geoff Bellew, who also serves as NRL judiciary chairman pro bono. Greenberg told Burgess he must issue a public apology or risk being sued for defamation, and also threatened him with a $25,000 breach notice for violating the players' code of conduct. The Souths forward remains unhappy he was banned from the opening week of the finals for a hair pull on Roosters forward Billy Smith in the final round of the regular season. The Englishman would have been able to take a fine for the offence, but was ineligible due to receiving more than two convictions during the season. A similar fate awaited Waerea-Hargreaves on Tuesday night. Accused of a trip, the Roosters prop failed to beat the charge at the judiciary and was banned for the preliminary final against either Melbourne or Parramatta. Had it not been his fourth conviction of the year for other offences, he could have escaped with a fine. "The one thing I will say is missing a game for an incident you haven't done before that had no impact on the game or anything else, to miss a finals game (is tough)," Robinson said. "To not have your best players on the park is disappointing for fans. We'd like him out there but it's not going to change the way we play or think." Souths teammate Damien Cook defended Burgess and his fiery style of player after his run-in with the judiciary and Greenberg. Speaking to the Big Sports Breakfast, Cook said he understood Burgess' frustration and hoped he could take that aggression into the semi-final against Manly this weekend. "He's had a couple of slip-ups this year," Cook said. "I think the way he went with the judiciary, it wasn't really the hair pulling he probably got suspended for, it was a couple of other things leading up to that. "Moving forward, he's back now on the edge, which I love, so I'm looking forward to that." -with AAP