Burgess began the game as starting prop, while brother Sam sat the game out after sustaining a knee injury against the Bulldogs two weeks ago.
The game was memorable for the injury picked up by Greg Inglis, which could see the Queensland centre miss the third and deciding State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium. However Inglis stayed on the field with an injured elbow after sustaining ligament damage.
It will also be remembered for the 68th minute tackle by Adam Reynolds on Chris Sandow. Sandow intercepted Inglis’ pass on the Eels line before sprinting 85 metres.
However Reynolds quickly caught up on the scrum half, and forced him into touch metres from the Rabbitohs’ try line.
Cameron Smith also took over the kicking duties, meaning Widdop was not on the score sheet for the first time since May.
However Melbourne struck first after the break through Bryan Norrie and Matthew Duffie which was enough to seal the game for Melbourne.
Smith added an extra penalty goal, while a Dean Whare try for the Sea Eagles on the hooter was merely consolation.
The Tigers couldn’t gain any composure until late in the game despite an early Matt Utai try, by which time the Roosters had built up a heavy lead.
Sydney were 30-4 ahead before the Tigers struck back, but despite a strong fight back to score 24 points in the second half, it wasn’t enough.
Defence from both sides was on top form, as the game went into the half time break scoreless.
The Broncos couldn’t capitalise on the Cowboys being down to 12-men after Ashton Sims was sin binned for a high tackle in the 18th minute.
But Johnathan Thurston was on hand to influence the Cowboys to a hard earned win.
Reynolds completed his double on the stroke of half time, while Morris’ second in the 43rd minute completed the scoring for the Bulldogs.
Kristan Inu continued his fine form for the Bulldogs with a try in the 17th minute, but the Dragons were just out of reach despite scoring three consecutive tries within a 15 minute period.
However the Bulldogs held off the Dragons’ momentum to keep hold of the win.