MRP: Buddy, Cockatoo in the clear

Buddy Franklin has escaped sanction for his bruising hit on GWS youngster Tim Taranto and will be free to play in Sydney’s round one clash with Port Adelaide.

In a quiet week for the MRP, Geelong excitement machine Nakia Cockatoo also escaped penalty for his sling tackle on Adelaide midfielder Dean Gore, while Port Adelaide’s Paddy Ryder has been fined $1000 for engaging in rough conduct against Richmond’s Anthony Miles.

Here is the full MRP statement from week three of the JLT Series:

Paddy Ryder, Port Adelaide, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Anthony Miles, Richmond, during the third quarter of the Week Three JLT Community Series match between Port Adelaide and Richmond, played at Mt Gambier on Sunday March 5, 2017.

In summary, he can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Richmond Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1000 sanction.

Other incidents assessed

The match day report against the Geelong Cats’ Nakia Cockatoo for rough conduct against the Adelaide Crows’ Dean Gore from the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game was assessed. The panel said Myles Poholke had handballed the ball forward to his teammate Gore. Gore jumped off the ground to take possession, when Cockatoo simultaneously tackled the Adelaide player, and took him to ground. After reviewing all available video, it was the view of the panel that Cockatoo’s tackle did not consist of more than one action, was not unreasonable in the circumstances and did not lift Gore off the ground. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Sydney Swans’ Lance Franklin and the GWS Giants’ Tim Taranto from the second quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. The ball was kicked forward by GWS’ Heath Shaw, and then punched further down the ground in the air. Taranto was approaching the loose ball, with Franklin coming to the contest from his right and Shane Mumford approaching from down the ground. Mumford seeks to shepherd Franklin away from his teammate and Franklin then goes on to make contact with Taranto. It was the view of the panel that contact between Franklin and Taranto was caused by circumstances outside the control of player Franklin that could not be reasonably foreseen. No further action was taken.

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