Slammin’ Sam helps Rabbitohs top the NRL

Sam Burgess made his Rugby League return and helped South Sydney Rabbitohs to a shock 42-10 victory over Sydney Roosters.

Slammin’ Sam was playing his first game since the 2014 NRL Grand Final, after which he had a stint in rugby union.

The Rabbitohs, who have been talked down in the build-up to the season, shocked the Roosters, who comfortably defeated St Helens in the World Club Series last month.

It means Souths top the NRL ladder following the opening round of the season, with St George Illawarra Dragons and Melbourne Storms the only two teams left to play.

One positive for the Roosters was the performance of England winger Joe Burgess, who went to the top of the NRL scoring chart as he scored twice on his debut.