Luke Burgess was subsequently placed on the bench, while brother Sam kept his number 10 jersey.
The Rabbitohs defeated St Geroge Illawarra 36-14 to keep their minor premiership hopes alive, but could be without Greg Inglis after he was charged with committing a dangerous tackle on Dean Young.
Nathan Merritt’s hat trick secured the win for the Rabbitohs, as the home side got into an early lead. Andrew Everingham’s try inside the first two minutes was increased by Merritt six minutes later. Brett Morris replied for the Dragons before Merrit grabbed his second try.
Inglis and Matt King scored tries before Ben Creagh touched down with just over 15 minutes remaining.
John Sutton scored for the home side, before Morris rounded off the scoring through a consolation try for the Dragons.