Richmond star Tom Lynch is headed straight to the tribunal after he was cited for a third striking incident in two weeks.

Lynch struck Essendon defender Michael Hurley in the neck as Hurley whacked the hand of the tall forward.

Lynch was fined for two incidents last week for striking Gold coast captain Jarrod Witts and the high-profile strike on defender Sam Collins.

Match Review Officer Michael Christian was given the licence to defer Lynch’s case straight to the tribunal due to this being his third striking offence.

This will give Lynch the chance to explain his actions and explain why he has gotten caught up in the same type of incident over recent weeks.

The tribunal can hand down any punishment they see fit, as opposed to following the guidelines Christian would have to follow.

Defenders Nick Vlastuin and Dylan Grimes have both been fined for staging in the dreamtime game.

Grimes seemed to make the most of a slight push from Jake Stringer, which led to Anthony McDonald- Tipungwuti marking and kicking a goal, before the umpire pulled it back for a Richmond free kick.

It is Grimes’ second sanction for staging.

Vlastuin was sanctioned for an incident that occurred late in the game and led to a 50 metre penalty and goal for Vlastuin.

Vlastuin marked as Tom Bellchambers made contact with the Tigers’ shoulder, where Vlastuin then through his head back indicating head high contact.

Grimes can accept a $750 fine for his second offence while Vlastuin can accept $500 for his first.