AFL Rd 1 - Hawthorn v Brisbane
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Dayne Zorko and his Lions team mates look dejected after losing the round 1 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Brisbane Lions at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko has been placed on report for striking in Brisbane's 22-point loss to Melbourne on Friday night.

Zorko was reported for striking Melbourne forward Tom McDonald off-the-ball in the third quarter as the Demons began to turn the game in their favour.

What may work in Zorko's favour was McDonald's reaction. McDonald shoved Zorko to the ground before offering a hand to help him up with a smile on his face.

McDonald didn't go off the ground for treatment which is another plus for the veteran skipper. The result of incidents has proven crucial in the MRO's decision making in 2021.

It seems likely that the strike will be graded as low impact and see Zorko escape suspension but the MRO does have the ability to elevate the grading under the potential to cause injury clause.

Speaking on Fox Footy’s post-match coverage, Garry Lyon voiced his disappointment in Zorko's ill-discipline.

“From a Dayne Zorko point of view, who’s been so good, so good. He’s had a great career. (Lachie) Neale goes out, the captain stands up,” Lyon said.

“The Lions were up, they had control of the game. And then he does this, and it’s not the first time he’s been giving away free kicks.

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“They’ve got possession of the ball, throws a little punch, whether or not it connects I don’t know. Then dives (and) turns the footy over.

“More importantly than that, hands the ball over when they’re up and they’re going forward. From that point forward he did kick a goal to be fair to him.”

Zorko isn't the only player from Friday night's game who will be awaiting the MRO report. Melbourne's Tom Sparrow will also face a nervous wait after a head-high bump on Lion Daniel Rich.

Sparrow and Rich approached a ball in dispute when Sparrow elected to bump and caught Rich in the head.

Rich was awarded a free-kick and took the kick with no issues. Again a plus for Sparrow was the fact Rich didn't undergo a concussion test and played out the game.

Lance Franklin last weekend had a similar hit on Blue Nic Newman let go after Newman got up and took his free-kick and played the game out with no issue. That precedent should hold Sparrow in good stead.