Well, yeah there's been worse, and there's certainly been plenty of flying elbows over the journey,.. there was one equal to that from,.. was it Toby Green??, or another GCS or GWS player just in the last few weeks, .. but the outrage factor goes up by a diving, arm lifting, free seeking, prikk factor of X 5 here ....
And then double that,.. because it was fkn Thomas, . just Coz! ..
As for our lad's, I'm sure we'd all like to see more of them tackle with an Ambrose type intent when they get the chance, .. but it's not a hunt the man type of game these days, and the penalty for getting it wrong, even if it's unintentional, is so random, severe and seemingly arbitrary, I think they just won't risk a shirt front etc now, . at least in the main, & just steer clear.
Which of course is the AFL's intent with the confusion over it, ... and let's not get started on when a tackle is a sling tackle or not,.. and what gets you weeks and what doesn't.
I start to wonder if they aren't actually instructed away from the hard hit / ferocious tackle by coaches now??
Also had pause to wonder about the Ambo tackle where he uses Hill as a grader blade, .. what would have happened there, if Hill had hit his head in the shunt onto the turf, and been knocked out cold, ... would Paddy have got weeks??
Would it suddenly have become "Unduly rough play"??