Fox Footy’s pundits have delivered their verdicts on two incidents set to come under scrutiny from the MRO from Brisbane’s seven-point win over Collingwood on Thursday night.
The first brain fade saw Darcy Gardiner arrive late to a contest late in the opening term and turn side on to crash into Josh Daicos’ back.
Both Brownlow medallist Geard Healy and Saints great Nick Dal Santo believe Gardiner’s offence warrants a one-game suspension.
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“This was just pretty crude… because it’s a whiplash effect and has the potential to cause injury. I think he’s in a bit of strife,” Healy said on Fox Footy Live after the game.
But Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph believes under the MRO grading system — and considering Daicos wasn’t left concussed or injured — Gardiner is more likely to escape with a fine.
“Late hits are almost always seen as careless rather than intentional. He hits Daicos in the back rather than the head or the neck. So even if that’s medium impact, it’s still only a fine,” Ralph told Fox Footy at half-time.
The second incident saw Mason Cox drive a knee into Brandon Starcevich’s back in second quarter in an act that Fox Footy’s pundits think is more deserving of a fine.
Healy questioned if Cox was pushed into the action by Marcus Adams.
“This one is interesting. I don’t like the result, it looks like Mason looks at him (Starcevich). But he does get helped a long the way. If you look at the right angle, Marcus Adams pushes him. But you can’t fly through the air with your knee stuck out like that so he’s in a bit of strife too,” He said.
Former Hawthorn sharpshooter Ben Dixon posed: “He sort of pulled out at the last bit. Can you pull out at seven foot?”
Ralph queried if Cox made any genuine attempt to mark the ball.
“As you see with his arms, he never really gets up and tries and contest, he still follows through with his knee. We know the damage it can cause, so probably more likely a fine than a suspension, but that’s not a great look for Mason,” he said.
Hawthorn legend Jason Dunstall declared he “didn’t like either of them” and would be satisfied for both players to cop one-match bans.
“The Gardiner one, if he wanted to make contact, go and do a late spoil, but don’t turn side on and jump into his back like that,” he said on Fox Foty at half-time.
“And the Cox one looks really bad when you look at the replay, doesn’t it?
“Truth be told, I’d be happy for both of those players to be rubbed out, wouldn’t bother me one bit. Because that’s the sort of contact we want to avoid.”