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Trent Cotchin sweating on MRP ahead of Giants clash


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    Richmond captain Trent Cotchin headlines the list of AFL players sweating on the match review panel’s findings after round eight.

    Cotchin clocked Fremantle midfielder Lachie Neale in the jaw with a jumper punch during the Dockers’ two-point win at the MCG on Sunday.

    Cotchin could escape sanction, be fined or potentially miss the Tigers’ clash with Greater Western Sydney on Saturday, depending on how the panel grade the blow.

    Sydney superstar Lance Franklin and Brisbane youngster Nick Robertson exchanged jumper punches in the preceding round but both players were cleared on that occasion.

    “It was the view of the panel that the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence,” the panel noted at the time.

    Meanwhile, Hawthorn vice-captain Isaac Smith will soon learn whether he is forced to miss the clash with Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday.

    Smith was reported for striking when he lashed out at Robertson during the Hawks’ comfortable win over the Lions in Launceston.

    The panel is also likely to dish out several fines after melees in a handful of matches.

    Geelong’s Cameron Guthrie could also pay a price for shoving an umpire out of the way to take a mark during his side’s loss to Essendon on Saturday night.

    © AAP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (17)

    • May 15th 2017 @ 8:06am
      Kane said | May 15th 2017 @ 8:06am | ! Report

      Rioli should be in more trouble than Cotchin for his knee straight into the back of the Brisbane bloke.

      • May 15th 2017 @ 12:24pm
        Paul W said | May 15th 2017 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

        Thanks, thought I was the only one with this opinion. Just looked like he wanted to hurt Walker.

        • May 15th 2017 @ 6:04pm
          Kane said | May 15th 2017 @ 6:04pm | ! Report

          Rioli didn’t even get looked at. What a joke, protected species. He always has been.

    • May 15th 2017 @ 9:23am
      Demak said | May 15th 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      Cotchin has to be suspended, that was more than just a jumper shake it was a balant strike to the jaw. The sooner the AFL clamps down on jumper punching the better it’s a rubbish blight on our game

      • May 15th 2017 @ 12:05pm
        Haydos said | May 15th 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

        Agree 100%

        • May 16th 2017 @ 8:29am
          I ate pies said | May 16th 2017 @ 8:29am | ! Report

          Me too. A punch is a punch. Whether he is holding his jumper at the time is irrelevant. Of course, this is the new MRP, where outcome is all that matters. Intent is irrelevant now.

    • May 15th 2017 @ 9:03pm
      rusty said | May 15th 2017 @ 9:03pm | ! Report

      Mate I cannot believe Cotchin got off for that. Once again, one rule for the ‘popular’ players at Melbourne clubs and one rule for everyone else. You reckon Walters would have got off for that? Or Lindsay Thomas?

      What a joke.

    • May 16th 2017 @ 8:23am
      Jack said | May 16th 2017 @ 8:23am | ! Report

      I reckon cotchin is a very very dirty player but the media pick certain players to pick on and his a golden child.
      The umpires always give him soft frees as well

      • May 16th 2017 @ 5:40pm
        J.T. Delacroix said | May 16th 2017 @ 5:40pm | ! Report

        “Cotchin is a very very dirty player” you reckon. Yeah, he’s a regular Toby Greene. A modern day David Rhys Jones or Ron Andrews. I assume you’re being sarcastic.

    • May 16th 2017 @ 8:33am
      Pope Paul VII said | May 16th 2017 @ 8:33am | ! Report

      Unbelievable. Just jumper punch and no worries.

      • May 16th 2017 @ 9:03am
        Paul W said | May 16th 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

        No, watch Neale’s jaw jolt back. Far worse than the Hawkins one last year that cost him a week.

        • May 16th 2017 @ 12:25pm
          Pope Paul VII said | May 16th 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

          Agreed. The M in MRP stands for Muppet.

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      May 16th 2017 @ 8:43am
      TomC said | May 16th 2017 @ 8:43am | ! Report

      It was interesting to read Bartel’s comments about how the panel disagreed on whether the conduct should be graded as intentional or careless.

      Given the MRP usually considers any strike behind the play to be intentional – in fact that’s in their rules – it seems strange they went with careless. It looks to me like they went with the less appropriate grading deliberately to avoid giving a suspension.

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        May 16th 2017 @ 8:50am
        Cat said | May 16th 2017 @ 8:50am | ! Report

        MRP seems to be ignoring thier own rules frequently this year. Why bother having them if they are going to decide the punishment then massage the penalty to fit it?

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