Coaches call for more consistency from MRP
AFL coaches Chris Scott and Nathan Buckley have forecast "interesting discussions” around the match review panel come season's end.
The high-profile coaches added their concerns over the MRP's consistency in the wake of Jack Redpath's three-match ban, Ollie Wines' fine for a head-high bump and Toby Greene's "fly-kick”.
Collingwood's Buckley will be without ruckman Brodie Grundy this weekend as he serves the final week of his suspension for a tackle on North's Ben Brown that earned him a two-week ban and said the system "doesn't seem to be consistent”.
"Potentially we need to be careful what we wish for, because I'm not so sure that we're seeing adequate or commensurate penalties for the right actions,” he said.
"I think that there will be a few interesting discussions with the clubs and the league around where the game is going, and how we can take away some of the acts that we don't want to see in the game, but not be heavy-handed with some of those penalties as well. Some of them don't add up to me.”
Geelong's Scott delivered similar sentiments after losing Tom Hawkins and Mitch Duncan for two weeks and one week respectively.
The premiership coach said the aim should be to make the system better.
"I don't know how anyone could possibly try to defend the position that we're in,” he said.
"Mark Evans (former AFL football operations chief ) and his team did a fantastic job of changing the system so we didn't get good players rubbed out for innocuous incidents. A jumper push to the throat (like Jake Redpath) is innocuous. It doesn't get much more innocuous.
"Now we've got guys getting three weeks ... I don't think anyone could argue that's not strange at the very least.”