Brisbane defender Darcy Gardiner is sure to come under scrutiny from the Match Review Officer following a late bump on Collingwood's Josh Daicos during Thursday night's encounter between the Lions and Magpies.
During the opening term of Brisbane's seven-point victory at the Gabba, Gardiner arrived late to a near-uncontested mark for Daicos, electing to bump from behind and hammer the young Magpie into the turf.
Gardiner was immediately placed on report for rough conduct, with Daicos awarded a 50m penalty and a subsequent shot from the goal square after getting back to his feet.
While Daicos was able to play out the rest of the match, Gardiner will face a nervous wait throughout Friday as the MRO weighs up their verdict on the bump.
Likely to be graded low impact and body contact, Gardiner is likely to avoid a suspension despite the conduct potentially being assessed as intentional.
Darcy Gardiner is on report for rough conduct on Josh Daicos. pic.twitter.com/LZedWHOv6X
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Collingwood tall Mason Cox could also receive some attention from the MRO for his collision with Lion Brandon Starcevich during the second quarter of the game.
Cox leaped knee-first into a marking contest where Starcevich was placed under the ball, with the Magpies forward arriving late and have a timely impact on the ball.
Starcevich was left grimacing on the ground after receiving a knee in his back, however was able to play out the match.
Starcevich awarded a free kick for a push in the back - was it just a marking contest collision though? 🤔
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"I wouldn't say that's in the marking contest," commentator Luke Hodge said.
"He had leapt (off the ground)."
Cox wasn't the only key-position Magpie to spark some concern for senior coach Craig McRae during the Round 5 loss, with forward/ruck Darcy Cameron substituted out of the match with a rib injury.
Cameron was replaced by medical sub John Noble at three-quarter time, having his evening ended after recording seven disposals, three marks and a goal.
Collingwood will await to see the significance of the setback but will hope an 11-day turnaround has Cameron available for their clash with Essendon on ANZAC Day.
The defeat sees Collingwood fall to a 2-3 record for the season, while the Lions claimed their fourth win to remain second on the ladder.
Brisbane will face Queensland rivals Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium next Sunday.