Heads up, all these bumps were illegal

ROUGH TACTICS: Sydney onballer Ben McGlynn struggles after being bumped by Hawthorn rival Jarryd Roughead during the clash at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
ROUGH TACTICS: Sydney onballer Ben McGlynn struggles after being bumped by Hawthorn rival Jarryd Roughead during the clash at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. Getty

IT WAS so good of several players to provide some examples of what constitutes an illegal bump over the weekend.

With clarity needed following the Jack Viney controversy - and hardly put off by the events of last week - Jarryd Roughead, Paul Duffield and Liam Jones delivered with some 'hip-and-shoulders' of their own that either should have been directed at a far lower point of their opponent's body or not dished out at all.

It can be expected each one of them will be sanctioned by the Match Review Panel today, and that there won't be any visits to the see the AFL appeals board later in the week.

Certainly none were hanging offences, but, without the argument that they were unavoidable accidents like Viney's hit on Adelaide's Tom Lynch, severe reprimands or a one-week suspension will no doubt be on offer with the league still intent on protecting the head as much as it can.

Roughead bumped former Hawk teammate Ben McGlynn during the third quarter of the clash at ANZ Stadium on Friday night, catching the Swans goalsneak in the head with his shoulder as they were both going for the ball.

With 93.75 carry-over points for his off-the-ball hit on Geelong's Cam Guthrie in last year's preliminary final, big Roughy is almost certainly scratched for his side's round-10 blockbuster with Port Adelaide after this week's bye.

As if the reigning premiers didn't have enough to worry about with Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Brian Lake, Liam Shiels and now Cyril Rioli all nursing injuries.

With emotions running high after watching his injury-hit side fall to the Lance Franklin-led Swans, Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson took his frustration out on Channel 7 commentator and ex-Cat Tom Harley, who had suggested Roughead would be gone.

"Apparently Tom Harley saw it. Surprise, surprise that a Geelong player would try to put a Hawthorn guy in," he said. "We will wait and see."

The next night at the MCG, the shoulder of Bulldogs forward Jones collected the head of Dean Terlich as the Melbourne midfielder gathered the ball after a stoppage during the third term.

With his player concussed and subbed out of the game, Demons coach Paul Roos was rightfully left "staggered" there wasn't even a free kick paid, let alone a report made.

"I'm pretty sure he got hit in the head because he came off concussed and couldn't go back on," said Roos, whose side was gallant in defeat.

Earlier in the day, at the Adelaide Oval, Fremantle's Duffield caught Chad Wingard high as the Port forward was about to kick into his side's attacking 50m in the third term.

If the Dockers defender was trying to put the Power livewire out of the game, it didn't quite have the desired effect.

Wingard finished with five match-winning goals, which put his team back on top of the ladder at 6-1, and led to the Dockers (4-4) being labelled "mediocre" by their coach Ross Lyon ahead of a critical clash next Sunday against Geelong.

Ironically, it was Wingard who summed up the bump issue (almost) perfectly last week when he said: "It's not like they're saying you can't bump. If you hit someone's head you can't do it. It's pretty black and white."

The grey area, of course, is when a bump is actually deemed to be brace.

Are we clear yet?

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