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Frustrated Hardwick calls for “common sense” over studs-up rule


Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has slammed the studs-up rule after forward Jack Riewoldt conceded two free kicks in the six-point win over West Coast.

A visibly angry Riewoldt was penalised twice with the second coming at a critical juncture late in the last quarter with the Tigers holding onto a narrow lead.

"I don't think that's what the rule was brought in for," Hardwick told reporters at his press conference.

"If you don't want high marks in the game, come on. I don't think it's a good look personally.

"At the end of the day, the rule was brought in for the guy who kicks someone in the head. The last time I looked, that player's head wasn't on his hamstring.

"Have some common sense."

Hardwick laid the blame squarely at the feet of the AFL, questioning why the rule was ever introduced.

"I didn't know why we needed the rule in the first place, to be perfectly honest. We seem to have a very reactive nature at stages, he added.

"The game of AFL is so tough on these blokes, don't give them so many rules."

Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe was penalised in a similar nature for planting his studs into the back of an opponent earlier in the season.

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