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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 resolution to hit Hawthorn midfielder Will Day side-on final weekend had been cut up second choices made to guard the player’s personal head, Clarkson stated.

He stated the difficulty was “actually delicate” as a result of want to guard all gamers’ heads, however the different 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 can be coming collectively,” Clarkson stated.

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

“In our view, it’s occurred so, so rapidly – that’s the explanation we wish 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 stated the head-high bumps in spherical 1 which ended with a trio of gamers being suspended had been a “completely different kettle of fish”.

“That resolution in our view was round attempting to guard himself reasonably than attempting to take the player out,” he stated.

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

“If we don’t truly defend 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 stated star midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke will probably 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 had been crushed 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 stated he didn’t take into account quantity 4 decide George Wardlaw to be obtainable 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 stated.

“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 powerful – I believe our supporters actually need him to play, he needs to play … we’ve simply received to ensure we give him each probability to have success when he does play.”

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