The Tigers bounced back following their round 11 loss to Port Adelaide with a triumph over the Suns, but the victory was marred by Lynch’s act late into game.
— SEN 1116 (@1116sen) August 17, 2020
Lynch managed to slot home two goals for his side, with the second coming from a set-shot 40 metres out.
The Tigers’ spearhead marked the ball uncontested, with replay’s revealing he had struck Collins in the midriff before finding the ball.
While Lynch was able to dodge a suspension for the incident, many believe he won’t be as lucky this time.
Fox Footy panelists dissected the incident, with split opinions made in the post-match discussions.
“It’s not what you want to see,” he said. “They’re trying to get rid of that punch to the stomach.”
Speaking on Fox Footy’s The Couch, Gary Lyon believed Lynch won’t be on the end of a suspension despite the uproar.
“It’s just a punch to the guts. The AFL have demonstrated that they’re happy to condone these. They don’t see them as worthy of a week’s suspension.
“They’re talking about spreading the game up through the Queensland market. Well the whole of the Queensland mums and dads will be watching this and go: ‘Oh well, footy’s alright, you can punch blokes in the guts’. Write your cheque, $1500 and away you go.
“What happens if Sam Collins turns around and punches him in the head?”
— James Szabo (@SzaboJames) August 17, 2020
“He is a great competitor. He clearly didn’t like the treatment, he didn’t like the fact that Tom Lynch got on the end of it and kicked a goal.
“I can’t wait to see these boys go at each other next time.”