Sam Burgess sparks brawl with 'send off offence'

Sam Burgess has been placed on report for a brawl-sparking high shot against Canberra that experts felt should have seen the Rabbitohs forward sent off.

Burgess was clearly fired up after missing the last two weeks because of suspension but that passion could see him spend more time on the sidelines.

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The Englishman sparked wild scenes after an ugly high shot on Aidan Sezer, which set off a scuffle midway through the second half.

Burgess caught Sezer across the chin with his forearm as Raiders teammates raced in to confront the Rabbitohs man.

Burgess could be in trouble after this shot on Sezer. Pic: NRL

Commentators were of the opinion that the hit from Burgess warranted a send off and plenty of fans on social media agreed.

However, the English enforcer stayed on the pitch was given a standing ovation by the Rabbitohs faithful when he did eventually go off in the 61st minute, having run 179m and making two linebreaks.

The 42-22 win was the Rabbitohs' fourth win from their past five starts and a performance that reinforced that they are top-eight contenders.