Tigers AFL skipper could face MRP trouble

Tigers AFL skipper could face MRP trouble”

FULL AFL MATCH REVIEW PANEL STATEMENTThe AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the matches played in the Preliminary Finals of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

Cotchin was scrutinised for a collision with Dylan Shiel in Saturday's preliminary final, which ultimately left the Greater Western Sydney midfielder with concussion.

Vision has emerged of an incident later in the first quarter of Richmond's win over GWS involving Shiel that could prove pretty useful in Cotchin's defence.

The MRP deemed Cotchin's direction was in line of the ball and contact was not unreasonable given the circumstances.

"The ball comes loose after a marking contest". In that case, the MRP ruled that Sloane braced for contact and did not use a bumping motion.

The panel said Sloane was near-stationary and put his hands up to block a handpass from Dangerfield before bracing for contact, with no bumping action used. Dangerfield takes possession and as he turns towards goal, he is confronted by Sloane, " the MRP said in a statement.

The panel concluded that Cotchin was in a contest for the ball and the contact "was not unreasonable in the circumstances".

The MRP's decisions today mean that both Adelaide and Richmond enter this weekend's blockbuster Grand Final free of suspension-related selection dilemmas.

He collected his opponent high, and though Shiel came back on to play out the quarter, he didn't continue on after the quarter-time break, suffering from a delayed concussion.

Potentially in Cotchin's favour is the fact that Shiel had also copped a separate high bump from Tigers defender David Astbury later in the first term.

Contact between Richmond's Brandon Ellis and the GWS Giants' Lachie Whitfield from the fourth quarter of Saturday's match was assessed.

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