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Tigers paying price for record win

By Roger Vaughan 28/04/2003 07:26:24 PM Comments (0)

Richmond is paying a high price for Saturday's club-record AFL comeback win over Hawthorn.

Key forward Matthew Richardson will already miss at least a fortnight with a hamstring strain and ruckman Greg Stafford will front Wednesday's tribunal on two video charges.

Stafford was booked for striking Hawthorn ruckman Peter Everitt, a high-profile incident that will force Everitt out for two to four weeks.

Everitt has undergone surgery to repair the fractured cheekbone he suffered in the ruck contest.

Stafford will also answer a charge of kneeing Nick Stone in an incident which left the Hawk concussed.

Collingwood defender Shane Wakelin and Carlton backman Bret Thornton were also booked for making contact with umpires, while Western Bulldogs utility Nathan Brown will answer a charge of striking Brisbane defender Ashley McGrath.

St Kilda forward Stephen Milne and Geelong utility Cameron Ling were already on report for striking.

The Stafford-Everitt incident has continued to stir debate with Richmond football manager Greg Hutchison again defending his man and Hawks counterpart John Hook expressing his disappointment.

"Greg Stafford was just merely trying to contest the ball when it was in the air and he's got eyes on the ball," Hutchison said.

"That's what ruckman do, they run and jump into each other."

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