AFL legends have slammed Richmond defender Dylan Grimes for a cheap shot during his side’s loss to GWS on Friday night.
The Giants beat the Tigers by 39 points and the pressure told on the Melbourne team, whose finals hopes are hanging by a thread after the defeat.
Grimes’ off-the-ball hit on Harry Himmelberg led to a free kick and goal, and came under scrutiny from footy greats Nick Riewoldt and Jonathan Brown.
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“That’s just rubbish, selfish, undisciplined stuff,” Riewoldt told Fox Footy.
“As a forward, when your back is turned and you cop it in the middle of the back with an elbow like that, it gives you whiplash, it’s cheap, there’s nothing tough about it. Grimes is better than that.”
Brown added: “I hate that. I used to hate that when we were playing. It makes you want to turn around and go bang.”
Dylan Grimes came under scrutiny for this hit.Source:FOX SPORTS
The Grimes incident came shortly after Tigers captain Jack Riewoldt was denied a goal as a result of an off-the-ball free kick paid against Tom Lynch.
Channel 7 commentator Brian Taylor said Riewoldt would have been “filthy” after his tough set-shot on goal was disallowed as a result of contact Lynch made on a GWS defender as they were jostling for position near the goalposts.
Replays showed Lynch had swung his opponent from the top of his jumper, but the incidental contact was not enough for a free kick to be paid, in the eyes of former footy stars Dane Swan, Richardson, Taylor and Luke Darcy.
Some of them disagreed with Riewoldt and Brown about Grimes’ infringement too, suggesting both incidents were fine and Richmond unlucky to be penalised.
AFL 360 host Gerrard Whateley said on SEN Radio Tigers fans would be “enraged” by the controversial calls early in the first quarter.
Richardson posted on Twitter: “Wow, outrageous decisions.”
Swans great Jude Bolton also posted: “Geez we are seeing some soft free kicks paid.”
Some footy greats thought Richmond was hard done by.Source:Getty Images
In what was a virtual elimination final for both sides, with just two points and two positions separating them on the ladder, the Giants were the only ones who looked like they understood the gravity of the situation as they absolutely tore Richmond to shreds in the first half before running out comfortable 39-point winners.
The result saw GWS take a big step towards securing a finals berth, moving to seventh spot heading into the weekend, while Richmond now needs Fremantle to beat West Coast on Sunday, otherwise the Tigers will become the first back-to-back premiers to miss the finals since Adelaide in 1999, bringing an end to their incredible triple premiership dynasty.
With NCA NewsWire
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