The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

POOR old Gus Gould is all over the shop with his views on rugby league.

Three years ago, the great man wrote a col­umn about trip­ping in the NRL and how dan­ger­ous it was.

“It should have no place in our game,” he said. “The alarm­ing in­crease in play­ers us­ing this il­le­gal method ... means much sterner ac­tion has to be taken to re­move it from the game.

“A base penalty of 150 points ... which would al­ways en­sure the player spent some time out of the game, would seem to be an im­por­tant first step to­wards erad­i­cat­ing this scourge.”

Fast for­ward to 2019 and Jared WaereaHar­g­reaves is about to face the ju­di­ciary for trip­ping.

Gus does an Olympic gold medal backflip.

“The of­fence shouldn’t be a sus­pended of­fence,” he now says. “For that in­ci­dent, you should not be miss­ing any game. No­body, not even the three panel mem­bers who find him guilty when he goes to the ju­di­ciary, be­lieves he should be miss­ing a game for that.”

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