MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28: Mitch Duncan of the Cats is tackled by Will Langford of the Hawks during the 2016 AFL Round 01 match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on March 28, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Geelong’s Mitch Duncan and Hawthorn’s Ben Stratton have both been cleared of their match-day reports from yesterday’s clash at the MCG.

Duncan was reported for his bump on Hawks’ captain Luke Hodge, but the matter was assessed by the MRP and contact was deemed to be made between Duncan’s shoulder and Hodge’s arm and no forceful high contact was made.

Ben Stratton was also cleared after he was reported for striking Geelong’s Cory Gregson.

Meanwhile, Collingwood’s Steele Sidebottom has been suspended for two matches for his high bump on Sydney midfielder Dan Hannebery on Saturday night.

The Match Review Panel deemed Sidebottom’s bump to be “careless conduct with medium impact to the head.”

The incident was graded as a two-match ban, however, was upgraded to three matches due to a poor record.

But Sidebottom can accept a two-game ban with an early guilty plea.

Gold Coast’s Tom Lynch and Melbourne’s Jeff Garlett have both been fined $1,000 for striking, while St Kilda’s Jarryn Geary can accept a $1,000 fine for engaging in rough conduct against Port Adelaide’s Robbie Gray.

Fremantle’s Matthew Pavlich, Brisbane’s Mitch Robinson and Adelaide’s Matt Crouch all had their match-day reports dropped.


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