Rabbitoh Burgess to miss Manly NRL clash

NRL master coach Wayne Bennett says there is no need for panic in the South Sydney camp.
NRL master coach Wayne Bennett says there is no need for panic in the South Sydney camp.

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett says his side has no need for crisis meetings as they look to get their NRL season back on track against Manly without skipper Sam Burgess.

Burgess has fallen short in his bid to return from shoulder surgery against the Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on Saturday afternoon after failing to train with the side during Friday's captain's run.

The Englishman was aiming to be back this week from a month-long lay-off after going in for a shoulder clean up, but Bennett said he was unlikely to return next week against North Queensland.

"Sam's not playing, he's not where we want him to be so he's probably another couple of weeks," Bennett said.

"It's not a setback, just treatment and a couple of triggers have changed after they did the operation."

Bennett said former Brisbane Bronco Jaydn Su'a would make his club debut from the bench a fortnight after securing a mid-season release to the Rabbitohs with Kyle Turner to start in the back-row.

Bennett said back-rower Ethan Lowe would be rested following his stellar Queensland State of Origin debut on Wednesday during which he made 46 tackles and 15 runs in an 80-minute effort, as well as putting in a perfect performance with the boot.

Bennett says his other Origin players Damien Cook, Dane Gagai and Cameron Murray will play.

"They're all good to go," Bennett said.

Manly on Friday announced NSW star Tom Trbojevic would sit out the match following his Origin exploits with Brendan Elliot to play fullback.

Trbojevic's brother Jake will back up while Kane Elgey and Lloyd Perrett are the other players to drop out of the Sea Eagles' 22-man squad.

After three straight losses, the Rabbitohs have fallen to be six points behind ladder leaders Melbourne.

In their last two losses, to Penrith and the Wests Tigers, the Rabbitohs have either been level or ahead on the scoreboard going into the final five minutes before being pipped.

Bennett says he is unconcerned by their run of losses and won't be calling in his players for meetings or truth sessions.

"Still no crisis meetings," Bennett said.

"We'll have crisis meetings when we stop beating ourselves.

"The last six minutes of the (Tigers) game we had it and we managed to lose it. No crisis meetings yet."

KEY MATCH STATS

* If Manly win it will be the first time since Souths won three straight against the Sea Eagles in 2014-15 that either of these teams has won consecutive matches against the other.

* In clashes at ANZ Stadium between Manly and South Sydney both teams have won four matches each.

* Jorge Taufua is two tries away from equalling Manly club legend Cliff Lyons' 80 first-grade four-pointers.

Australian Associated Press