The NRL's best big man only has small issues.
That's the opinion of South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold, who is adamant Sam Burgess doesn't need to alter his aggression when he makes his return against St George Illawarra on Sunday.
All eyes will be on the Rabbitohs star after being suspended for the second time this year following his high tackle on Canberra playmaker Aidan Sezer that rubbed him out for two weeks.
The incident came just 59 minutes into his return from a raised elbow on Canterbury centre Josh Morris that also sidelined him for two weeks.
But Seibold believes Burgess' intent is what makes him the best forward in the league.
"There's no trend in his game. This year with the couple of suspensions he's had, they're not the same thing. They're only minor issues," Seibold said.
"So for me, we feel as though he has adds a lot of aggression to our pack but also he adds a lot of quality for our pack. I love Sam for being Sam Burgess. He'll play well tomorrow, I know that."
Burgess' return comes with the Rabbitohs on the cusp of entering the top four for the first time in over two years, having quietly won five of their past seven matches.
Seibold praised his forward pack for getting the job done without their main man.
"Having the best forward in the game missing for four weeks out of our last five is challenging, but we just got on with it. It's the 'next man' mentality we've got," he said.
"I was confident the other guys could work together as a group and a pack, so we're pleased that we've done a reasonable job since Sam's been out.
"But we're certainly a much better side when Sam's in the team."
Burgess' re-insertion means impressive youngster Cameron Murray moves back to the bench, while Dragons forward Jack de Belin is in some doubt with a hip issue.
The Dragons, who have only lost the one game this year, pipped the Rabbitohs 16-12 in round five.
"We've had an opportunity to test ourselves against them and we come up a bit short that night so we're really keen to make amends tomorrow afternoon," Seibold said.
"We've been in pretty good form since then, we've won three of our last four. That night we were gritty defensively against the Dragons, we weren't quite on song with our attack."
STATS THAT MATTER
* The past four matches between these two sides have been decided by ten points or less, with three of them decided by four points or less.
* The Dragons have lost their past three, and 10 of their past 13, at ANZ Stadium.
* Rabbitohs fullback Alex Johnston has scored 10 tries in his past 12 matches at ANZ Stadium.