GEORGE OFF LIGHT
GEORGE Burgess can consider himself fortunate that a soft international judiciary allowed him to escape with a four-match ban for eye-gouging Kiwis fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.
Back in 1984, your columnist covered the Les Boyd judiciary case when he was given 15 months for gouging Canterbury hooker Billy Johnstone. Dragons halfback Steve Linnane got 20 weeks in 1987 and Balmain No. 7 Gary Freeman copped 12 weeks in 1989. It is the lowest of low acts on a footy field.