The Pony ride

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Espio

Team Captain
Jun 4, 2016
325
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AFL Club
Carlton
Let me preface this by saying I have no issue with a hard tag, some players are so good they require being sat on.
The part I don’t understand is how players can essentially “pony ride” the gun player prior to them winning the ball. This happens to all the gun mids, Fyfe Cripps Danger etc.
We all want to see the superstars perform and it appears to me they are being illegally restricted before they take possession of the ball.
Thoughts?


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sprockets

Norm Smith Medallist
Oct 15, 2004
5,348
8,999
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AFL Club
Richmond
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Champions have been targeted since the game was invented. Their opponents have always gone close to or over the line. It sucks but it'll never be stamped out. That doesn't mean it's not a skill, it's just not an attractive one.
 

theyellowsash

Brownlow Medallist
Feb 9, 2009
14,773
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Footscray
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Richmond
its a blight on the game and contributes significantly to congestion that everybody supposedly hates.

nothing will change though, because as soon as the umpires start paying free kicks against it people will come out screaming about tiggy touchwood free kicks and the game going soft.
 

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