Tom Lynch has come under fire for an off-ball “cheap shot” in Richmond’s hard-fought win over the Gold Coast Suns to end the AFL’s football frenzy.
Lynch kicked two goals in the Tigers’ 8. 5. (53) to 4. 8. (32) win over his old side at the Gabba, but could attract the attention of the Match Review Officer after his fourth-quarter hit on Suns defender Sam Collins.
With the Tigers holding a 13-point lead, Lynch appeared to make a swinging strike to Collins’ midriff with his right arm, leaving the Suns defender crumpled on the turf as Lynch broke free to take a mark and kick a goal.
— SEN 1116 (@1116sen) August 17, 2020
The hit left Collins visibly frustrated, both immediately after and following the match, with cameras showing the defender punching a padded pillar inside the Suns changerooms.
The behind-the-goals vision which shows a swinging Lynch arm making contact to Collins’ midriff (Fox Footy)
Lynch was widely criticized for his action, which comes just weeks after he escaped a suspension for another off-ball incident in Richmond’s Round 10 win over Brisbane.
Despite the criticism leveled at him for his hit on Collins, Lynch defended his actions after the game.
“It was just an open hand and pushed off,” he told ABC Grandstand.
“That was it… he (Collins) was a bit angry about that but it was just an open hand to the chest, which as key forwards, is what you want to do.”
Veteran AFL columnist Rohan Connolly was one of many who slammed Lynch for his hit on Collins.
“Ordinary stuff from Tom Lynch,” Connolly tweeted.
“Game doesn’t need cheap shots, and you don’t need cheap shots to perform well.
“There’s a difference between ‘playing on the edge’ and belting a guy in the guts off the ball.
“Anyone can do that. Cut it out.”
Jeez Sults tries to keep it strictly racing related on here but his aggressive hate for Tom Lynch needs to be known. Just an absolute FTG – Fake Tough Guy. Protected by the TV cameras, bring back the biff I say! Give Collins a free pass to tombstone the
— The Sultan of Sydney 🤴🏇💨💥 (@sultan_sydney) August 17, 2020
Tom Lynch has to be suspended now. That's the second pathetically cheap shot off the ball. And he laughs about it because he knows he will only get a fine #AFLTigersSuns
— Matt (@Mattys123) August 17, 2020
Would have 14 beers with Sam Collins before I had 1 with Tom Lynch.
— Sean O'Neill (@shaahorn) August 17, 2020
— Rudi (@RudiEdsall) August 17, 2020
Tom Lynch not making a great name for himself of late. Too many cheap shots. Weak and embarrassing. #AFLTigersSuns
— James Mottershead (@mottersjames) August 17, 2020
Tom Lynch hope you get suspended ya giant flog. Glad you didn’t come to Collingwood
— Not Bruzzy The Bull (@pies_forever) August 17, 2020
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