Tom Burgess has been released from hospital to return home with South Sydney after being cleared of serious injury in the NRL season-opener against Melbourne.
- Tom Burgess was taken to hospital for x-rays after falling awkwardly in a tackle
- He posted on social media early on Friday morning, assuring fans that scans had come back clear
- He will have nine days to recuperate before the Rabbitohs’ next match against Manly at Brookvale Oval
Burgess had to be stretchered from the field in the Rabbitohs’ 26-18 loss at AAMI Park and was taken to hospital for precautionary x-rays after Benji Marshall landed on him in a tackle.
The 28-year-old Englishman looked in pain as he lay on the turf after falling awkwardly, holding his shoulder and neck area.
He was attended to for several minutes as several Souths teammates looked on, before Burgess was lifted onto a stretcher and carried off and the last four minutes 40 seconds of the game were played.
But he took to Instagram early on Friday morning to confirm there were no major concerns, with the Rabbitohs also confident the issue was just a burner.
“Hey guys, thanks for the messages of concern, I’m all good, CT scans have come back clear but have to keep this lovely thing [neck brace] on till the morning to rule out any serious nerve damage which can only be seen from an MRI scan,” he said.
“Could be a long night in Melbourne here but would rather be safe than sorry! How good the footy is back, eh.”
Working in Burgess’s favour is that the Rabbitohs have a nine-day turnaround until they face Manly at Brookvale Oval next Saturday.
Burgess’s injury soured an already tough night for the Rabbitohs, who were left chasing a 22-0 lead after just 29 minutes.
And while they fought back to get within six, Bennett described their first half as “awful” and said his team did not give themselves a chance, completing at 62 per cent and with 15 errors.
“I was pleased for 30 minutes and then we self-destructed again,” Bennett said.
“We played for 30 minutes, and the other 50 we were just wasting our time.”
He said they needed to be able to go 80 minutes with the competition heavyweights if they had hopes of going further than last season’s preliminary-final defeat.
While Souths had not won at AAMI Park in nine previous attempts, they came to Melbourne with high hopes after being a stand-out in the preseason.
“I know what the team is capable of, I’ve seen enough but we’ve got to get to these big games and do better than we do and that’s the challenge for us,” Bennett said.
Bennett said if there was any hype around his team, he was glad it was now gone.
“There could have been a bit of hype but there will be no hype around them now or for the next week or so which will be good,” he said.