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Tigers defend Lynch as MRO verdict on knee drop looms

None, including Howard, were injured as a result.

“There’s no questions asked about the way Lynchy can impact a game of footy,” Cotchin told 3AW.

“It would have been nice if he kicked 5.2 instead of 2.5 but just his contest work … his physicality and that tackle when he came across … you love seeing your big blokes do that.

“Dimma [coach Damien Hardwick] is the first to admit he likes his players to play a physical brand of footy. Obviously to the line, but clearly there are rules in place as well.

“That was the conversation we had [about discipline]. We felt as though we let ourselves down as a group in a few moments in the Brisbane game.”

Lambert told SEN he didn’t think Lynch needed a talking to.

“I am not sure that conversation will happen. Tom is a mature guy … Jack [Riewoldt] has done a lot of work with him over the years

“We love Tom playing aggressive. I am sure we will get a similar result for him next week when he is hopefully lining up for us, which I think will happen.”

Leigh Matthews said the Lynch incident should be sent to the tribunal.

“I don’t think Tom Lynch should get a week. But he should go to the tribunal. There is a prima facie case that he appeared to kneel on Howard’s head. That’s enough to constitute rough play and it should be sent to the tribunal to adjudicate,” he said.

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Hardwick told reporters post-game: “I don’t want him giving away free kicks, don’t get me wrong, and I want him playing within the rules, but Tom is an aggressive type of player.

“The way he jumps at packs is incredible, but I think what happens is we tend to focus on the 20 per cent – not the 80 per cent – [of] the incident that is minuscule.”

Cotchin was also asked about his high tackle on St Kilda’s Zak Jones. He said a tackle accidentally slipping high was “part and parcel of the game”.

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