Saints defender Liam Stocker faces a nervous wait after he was reported for a dangerous tackle on Brisbane’s Eric Hipwood.
The Lions cemented themselves inside the AFL’s top-four with a convincing 12. 12. (84) to 8. 8. (56) win at Marvel Stadium.
With just seconds remaining before half-time, Stocker hurled Hipwood to the ground in what Melbourne champion Garry Lyon described as a “cut and dry” sling tackle.
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But in Stocker’s favour is the fact Hipwood’s head at no stage hit the Marvel Stadium turf, meaning he may still avoid suspension.
“It’s as cut and dry … as we’ve seen all year, there’s no question about it,” Lyon said on Fox Footy’s coverage.
“This is what we’re trying to stamp out of the game, regardless of whether or not he hits his head on the ground.”
Fellow AFL great Nathan Brown said regardless of whether or not Hipwood’s head hit the turf, Stocker deserved to be suspended.
“If you’re trying to penalise the action, he should get suspended, shouldn’t he?,” he said.
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Nathan Buckley agreed: “If Hipwood puts his head down (and made contact with the ground), then Liam Stoker gets suspended. Is that we want it to become?”
Hipwood would go on to lead the Lions in attack, finishing with his third four-goal haul of the season.
Stocker wasn’t the only Saint in hot water, with Max King also reported for striking Ryan Lester, although replays suggested King may not have even made contact with Lester.
The game started in emotional scenes when both sides joined together in the middle for a tribute to the late Danny Frawley.
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