Rory Sloane bumps Patrick Dangerfield.
Rory Sloane bumps Patrick Dangerfield. Michael Willson/AFL Media

Sloane in more danger than Cotchin, says Matthews

AFL LEGEND Leigh Matthews believes Rory Sloane is in more trouble than Trent Cotchin with the match review panel ahead of Saturday's Grand Final.

All the talk has been about whether Cotchin should be suspended for his bump on GWS's Dylan Shiel but Matthews is more concerned about the star Crow.

Sloane collided heavily with Patrick Dangerfield in Friday night's preliminary final at Adelaide Oval and appeared to hit him high.

Dangerfield was felled by the hit and was forced off the ground in the aftermath.

While Matthews doesn't believe Sloane should be suspended for the incident, he said Sloane is at more risk.

"I thought this is a little bit more debatable than the Cotchin one for me,” he said. "This is a collision of two players. But Rory sees it coming at the last moment and protects himself a little bit, like he has just got the arm up.

"I think nothing should happen but I think this is a little bit more debatable than the Cotchin one.”

The consensus on Saturday, however, was that Sloane had no other option but to collide with Dangerfield and the incident was referred to as a good, hard contest.

Sloane said he had not even contemplated being suspended for the incident.

"I haven't really thought about it too much,” Sloane said on SEN.

"I suppose it was just a big hit, a collision. We've both pulled up pretty sore from it.

"I haven't thought about it really. It's something that's out of my control now, we'll see what happens.”

Cotchin's issue is he has already been cited for two incidents this year and copped fines, with a third offence triggering an automatic one-match ban.

The Tigers skipper said he was "going for the footy”.

Matthews, who has won eight premierships as a player and coach, threw his support behind Cotchin by declaring it would be "bad for the game” is he was suspended for such an incident.

"He's going for the footy, his hands are down for the football and he ends up with the footy in his hands,” he said on Channel 7.

"You can't bump high but that wasn't a bump, that was more a collision for me.

"You've got to be able to attack the footy with as much force and ferocity as you can summons.

"I think it would be really bad for the game if there was a problem with that incident.”

The match review panel is also expected to assess a high bump from Brandon Ellis on Lachie Whitfield.

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