Tom Burgess stretchered off as Souths go down to Melbourne in NRL opener

Tom Burgess in action for South Sydney Rabbitohs

England international Tom Burgess left the field on a stretcher in the opening game of the NRL season as South Sydney Rabbitohs went down to a 26-18 defeat against Melbourne Storm.

Melbourne started the game in fine fashion – showing just why they’re among the favourites across all rugby sites – with Cameron Munster, Justin Olam and Ryan Papenhuyzen (2) going over in the first half hour.

Alex Johnston pulled one back for the Rabbitohs but the Storm were 22-6 to the good at the break.

Wayne Bennett’s Rabbitohs came back into the game in the second half with further tries through Johnston and Latrell Mitchell to reduce the deficit.

Souths were dealt a blow five minutes from time when prop Burgess stayed down holding his shoulder after making a tackle. He was then stretchered off the field with a couple of minutes left to play.

Despite a spirited fightback from the Rabbitohs, Craig Bellamy’s Melbourne side held on for a 26-18 opening round victory at AAMI Park.

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