Richmond defender Rhyan Mansell could face scrutiny from the match review officer after a ‘cheap hit’ on Magpies teenager Jack Ginnivan.
Richmond defender Rhyan Mansell could face scrutiny from the match review officer after a ‘cheap hit’ on Collingwood youngster Jack Ginnivan in Saturday afternoon’s AFL clash at the MCG.
Ginnivan had trash-talked Shane Edwards after creating a Collingwood goal from a turnover late in the first term, quickly becoming Richmond’s public enemy No. 1 for the afternoon.
Watch every AFL blockbuster game this weekend live and ad-free on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try free for 14 days >
The Tigers took every opportunity to get physical with the 19-year-old wonderkid, but Mansell took that one step further.
Late in the third quarter of the Round 8 contest, Ginnivan tried to get the footy back before Mansell landed on his back.
As the siren sounded for three quarters of the time, Mansell appeared to ram his forearm into the back of Ginnivan’s head twice, sparking a brief melee between the players.
“A double forearm in the back of the head,” Hawthorn legend Jason Dunstall said on Fox Footy.
“He will pay a fine or a week for it – probably a fine because it was low impact. But maybe there could be an option to pay a free kick after the siren.
St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt continued: “We could hear the Collingwood players asking the referees: ‘Why isn’t that a free kick?’ And the referee said: “It’s after the siren, we would like to be able to pay a free kick but we can’t”.
“Incredible three-quarter scenes. Obviously, you would expect that if it was a general play, Mansell would have been done for two free-kicks. But because it was after the siren, the referees were powerless to do anything about it other than potentially report the player.
“Mansell gets to the top with an elbow, does it a second time – which is pretty poor.”
Richmond bared its teeth in Dustin Martin’s famous return to competitive football, leapfrogging Collingwood by 27 points thanks to five first-half goals from Tom Lynch.
The Tigers went to a game-high 47-point lead in the final quarter, only for the Magpies to add respectability to the scoreboard with four goals down.
Martin showed a glimpse of his bright best in his first match since the first round, after taking personal time off to mourn his late father, but it was Lynch who tore the contest up.
With All-Australian defender Darcy Moore for company, Lynch went to work early with 10 assignments per quarter, then added four majors in a commanding second-term performance.
Lynch seemed to snatch the Sherrin every time he was in his vicinity and finished with six goals, after Moore conceded just 10 in seven rounds heading into Saturday.
He could easily have had seven at the main break, but sent a single set shot on the full and missed horribly with a slam from close range early in the contest.
The Magpies hung on for most of the game aside from the odd push for control, but any hope of an unlikely comeback was squandered with several near misses in the third quarter.
Richmond dominated Collingwood in the contest and dominated clearances, particularly in the first half, while often smothering the Pies with the pressure that was a trademark in his premiership years.
Jayden Short’s switch to midfield was again a success in the absence of Dion Prestia, while former captain Trent Cotchin turned the clock back with a 29 elimination performance.
Jack Riewoldt had one more reason to celebrate, scoring his 728th career goal to overtake all-time greats Peter Hudson and Wayne Carey and take 18th place overall.
Richmond will next face the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG on Saturday, May 14, with kick-off scheduled for 1:45 p.m. AEST.
— with Marc McGowan, NCA NewsWire
Originally published as Collingwood gets emotional over Rhyan Mansell’s ugly cheap shot at Jack Ginnivan