Focused Sam adds to Rabbitohs’ title credentials
QUEENSLAND Origin utility Ben Te'o believes English international Sam Burgess has found they key to channelling his aggression and is playing the brand of rugby league that can take South Sydney deep into the NRL finals.
In camp with the Maroons on the Gold Coast preparing for Wednesday night's do-or-die second Origin game in Sydney, Te'o said Burgess (pictured) had sorted out some issues after pushing the boundaries and playing on the edge early in the season.
"He's done a lot of work on keeping a lid on things," said Te'o, who is considering his playing future with speculation rife he could switch to rugby union next year in a bid to play for England in the World Cup as his grandparents are British.
"He's a very aggressive player, but there's a line and he knows where that line is and how he can play without having a brain snap."
The Rabbitohs go in to tonight's game against Wests Tigers on the back of three wins in succession, Te'o saying the team was reaping the benefits of also having Sam's brothers, George, Tom and Luke, all playing for the club.
"George is an amazing talent and Tom is coming along really well, but he's been battling injury. Luke is a great footballer too," Te'o said.
"George will take a run and make a good run and Sam will take the next run inspired, by his brother's run, then Tom feeds off that because he wants to do his bit.
"And if George gets smacked, Sam wants to get in there to smack whoever hit his brother - that's how they are."