AFL Rd 5 - Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04: Hayden Crozier of the Bulldogs is tackled by Jack Mahony of the Kangaroos during the round 5 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium on July 04, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Luke Beveridge has again questioned the holding the ball rule by declaring that his side can’t prepare for how their game will be umpired on Monday night.

Beveridge has been an outspoken critic of the new interpretation of the holding the ball rule, which once again caught the eye on Friday night when a decision was paid against Essendon’s Andrew McGrath.

Fans and commentators were critical of the McGrath decision with legendary commentator Bruce McAvaney saying “we should not be tweaking [rules] between rounds”.

Beveridge said his players do not know what the rule is and instead just focus on playing the game.

“We can’t address it because we don’t know what the interpretation is going to be and we’re not sure what the rule is,” Beveridge said.

“We’ll just play and our players will just do their best to make sure we clear the ball when we get tackled and maybe take the opportunity to really clamp down when the opposition get the footy.”

“There’s confusion and that’s a shame.”

The Bulldogs will aim to return to the winner’s list when they come up against Port Adelaide on Monday night.