Mick Malthouse has continued to savage the controversial interchange trial, questioning the motives of some on the AFL rules committee.
New Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley joined the chorus of disapproval from coaches after his team lost to Melbourne on Sunday by two points.
There were unconfirmed reports that Sydney went over their quota of 20 interchanges per quarter in the final term of Sunday’s loss to St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.
Swans coach John Longmire said he was unaware of any problem.
The cap of 80 interchanges per team in each game was introduced during the weekend’s second round of the pre season Cup.
While there will be no cap during the regular season this year, there is strong speculation that the AFL will bring in some sort of restriction for 2014.
“I sincerely hope that the rules committee is governed by people who have an understanding of the modern game, not by previous long-ago coaches, or long-ago players,” Malthouse said.
“I hope it is not dominated by one or two people who push their way in and around.”
Malthouse had already voiced his opposition last week and the new Carlton coach was even more adamant after Saturday night’s 70-point belting of Fremantle at Etihad Stadium.
“If they want medical evidence, which they’ve chosen to ignore, there’s a very strong link to more interchanges and less injuries,” Malthouse said.
Hinkley called the trial rule “unfair on players”.
“We understand they’re trialling it but common sense I’m sure will prevail and it can’t operate like that any more,” he said.
Hinkley said the limit forced Port and Melbourne to field inexperienced line-ups in Renmark, fearful of the impact on established stars.
Melbourne held off Port Adelaide’s fast finish to beat them 0.12.6 (78) to 1.10.7 (76).
The Saints overran Sydney in the last term of Sunday’s game at Etihad Stadium to win 0.13.12 (90) to 1.8.10 (67).
Eddie Betts was best afield as Carlton won 0.18.16 (124) to 1.6.9 (54).
On Friday night, the Bulldogs defied predictions of gloom this season when they beat Hawthorn, the early premiership favourites, 1.10.6 (75) to 2.8.8 (74).
In Wangaratta on Saturday, Ricky Petterd’s nine-point goal with three minutes left put Richmond in front for the first time in the second half and they beat Essendon 2.8.20 (86) to 1.10. 9 (78).
Geelong dominated at home on Saturday, thrashing Adelaide 2.16.12. (126) to 1.8.6 (63).
Gold Coast fought back in the final term at Townsville, but North Melbourne held on to win on Saturday 2.13.6 (102) to 1.11.14 (89).
Brisbane’s Aaron Cornelius starred with five goals in Wagga Wagga as they held on to beat GWS by three points, 1.12.19 (100) to 2.12.7 (97).