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Burgess accepts 'squirrel-grip' ban
England forward Sam Burgess has been handed a two-match ban after pleading guilty to a "squirrel-grip" tackle.
Burgess will miss South Sydney Rabbitohs' next two games against Manly and Canterbury after opting not to contest the charge of contrary conduct stemming from an incident with Melbourne centre Will Chambers last Friday night.
The 24-year-old appears to place his hands between the legs of the Storm centre, leaving him writhing on the ground in agony.
The original one-match ban was doubled because of loading from four previous offences in the last two seasons but Souths team-mate Roy Asotasi, who is joining Warrington in 2014, has dismissed accusations that Burgess is a 'grubby' player.
"A lot of people out there are saying that Sam's a grub," Asotasi told reporters.
"It's not what Sammy is as a person. He goes out and plays hard and sometimes things happen.
"I knew something had happened at the time but didn't really pay attention to it.
"But then I saw it and thought 'he could be in a bit of trouble here'."
Burgess' absence could not have come at a worse time for Michael Maguire's side, who are battling to keep their spot in the top two after three defeats from their past four matches.
Burgess was on the end of a "squirrel-grip" tackle early in his career when, in July 2007, St Helens stand-off Leon Pryce was given a three-match ban for squeezing his testicles in a Challenge Cup semi-final against Bradford.