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Alastair Clarkson defends Kangaroos player ahead of appeal

North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson says he’s anxious gamers won’t have sufficient choices to guard themselves if Griffin Logue’s suspension is upheld on Tuesday evening.

Actions like Logue’s determination to hit Hawthorn midfielder Will Day side-on final weekend have been break up second selections made to guard the player’s personal head, Clarkson mentioned.

He mentioned the problem was “actually delicate” because of the want to guard all gamers’ heads, however the various to what Logue did could have been a head conflict with far worse penalties.

“We don’t essentially classify this as a bump as a lot as it’s simply two our bodies which might be coming collectively,” Clarkson mentioned.

“There must be a component the place you shield your self so that you don’t conflict heads.

“In our view, it’s occurred so, so rapidly – that’s the rationale we need to get it examined on the tribunal tonight; simply to get an evaluation on what’s allowed within the sport and what’s not.”

Clarkson mentioned the head-high bumps in spherical 1 which ended with a trio of gamers being suspended have been a “totally different kettle of fish”.

“That determination in our view was round making an attempt to guard himself fairly than making an attempt to take the player out,” he mentioned.

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“To the bare eye it appears to be like an entire lot worse than it truly is.

“If we don’t truly shield ourselves, then the one means to compete for the ball is each heads going for the ball at one time, which might be actually harmful.”

Clarkson mentioned star midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke will seemingly face a check on Thursday to find out whether or not he’ll play in opposition to the Blues on Friday afternoon.

Missing Davies-Uniacke and suspended co-captain Jy Simpkin, the Kangaroos have been overwhelmed across the stoppages in opposition to Hawthorn regardless of having a major benefit within the contest of their opening two wins.

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Camera IconGeorge Wardlaw (proper) had 24 disposals, six clearances and 6 tackles in opposition to Southport within the VFL on Saturday. Michael Klein Credit: News Corp Australia

Clarkson mentioned he didn’t think about quantity 4 decide George Wardlaw to be accessible for senior choice, regardless of a powerful 24-disposal efficiency within the Kangaroos’ VFL win over Southport.

“We’ve been actually affected person with George; we’ve put collectively a couple of 10-week conditioning program for him as a result of he’s simply been so interrupted over the earlier couple of years,” he mentioned.

“He’s two video games in … we’re actually excited with what he’s been in a position to do however he’s not fairly there but in phrases of his full match situation.

“We need him to be a ten to 12-year player. It’s actually robust – I feel our supporters really need him to play, he needs to play … we’ve simply obtained to ensure we give him each likelihood to have success when he does play.”

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