Richmond defender Rhyan Mansell could be subjected to match review officer’s scrutiny after a “financial blow” on Magpies teenager Jack Ginnivan.
Richmond defender Rhyan Mansell could be subjected to match review officer’s scrutiny after a “cheap shot” on Collingwood’s young gun Jack Ginnivan during Saturday afternoon’s AFL clash at the MCG.
Ginnivan had spoken ill of Shane Edwards after creating a Collingwood goal from a turnover at the end of the first term, becoming Richmond’s public enemy no. 1 for the afternoon.
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The Tigers took every opportunity to be physical with the 19-year-old prodigy, but Mansell took it one step further.
Towards the end of the third quarter of the Round 8 race, Ginnivan attempted to catch the foot before Mansell landed on his back.
As the siren sounded for three quarters of the time, Mansell appeared to stick his forearm into the back of Ginnivan’s head on two occasions, sparking a brief scrum between the players.
“A double forearm behind the head,” Hawthorn legend Jason Dunstall told Fox Footy.
“He’ll pay a fine or a week for that – 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 Collingwood players ask the referees, ‘Why isn’t this a free kick?’ And the referee said: “It’s after the siren, we wish we could pay a free kick but we can’t.”
“Incredible scenes in three quarters of the time. Clearly you would expect that if it was an overall Mansell game it would have been made for two free kicks. But as it was after the siren, the referees were unable to do anything about it, other than potentially signal the player.
“Mansell gets to the top with an elbow, goes again a second time, which is pretty bad form.”
Richmond showed his teeth in Dustin Martin’s famous return to competitive football, beating Collingwood by 27 points in the wake of Tom Lynch’s five goals in the first half.
The Tigers moved a record 47-point lead in the last quarter, only for the Magpies who added respectability to the scoreboard with four late goals.
Martin showed glimpses of his brilliant best in his first game since Round 1, after taking personal leave to mourn his late father, but it was Lynch who destroyed the race.
With Australian defender Darcy Moore in the company, Lynch went to work early with 10 disposals within a quarter time, then added four majors in a massive second-term performance.
Lynch seemed to catch Sherrin whenever he was in his vicinity and finished with six goals, after Moore only conceded 10 in seven rounds before Saturday.
He could easily have had seven at the main interval, but he sent a straight set shot in full and missed horribly with a close range snap early in the match.
The Magpies held out grimly for most of the match, apart from the weird spurt of control, but any hope of an unlikely comeback was dashed with several near misses in the third quarter.
Richmond dominated Collingwood in the contest and dominated clearances, particularly in the first half, while often choking pies with the pressure that was a trademark in his premiership years.
Jayden Short’s move to midfield was again a success in the absence of Dion Prestia, while former captain Trent Cotchin set the clock back with a 29-elimination performance.
Jack Riewoldt had one more reason to celebrate, kicking his 728th career goal by beating all-time greats Peter Hudson and Wayne Carey to finish 18th overall.
Next Richmond will face the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG on Saturday, May 14, kicking off at 1:45 pm AEST.
– with Marc McGowan, NCA NewsWire
Originally published as Collingwood is enraged by Rhyan Mansell’s nasty cheap shot on Jack Ginnivan