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Our tagging techniques are truthful, say Dockers

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir is adamant his staff would not make use of soiled techniques, with the membership sending video clips to the AFL umpiring division to show their case.

Essendon coach Ben Rutten slammed Fremantle’s off-the-ball blocking throughout their tagging effort on Zach Merrett final week, labelling it as “not a superb look” for the sport.

Dockers teen Caleb Serong restricted Merrett to a season-low 22 disposals and no clearances, however it was the off-the-ball bump from Darcy Tucker that drew the most important condemnation.

Tucker copped a $3000 fantastic for tough conduct over that incident, however Longmuir mentioned that was the one factor that warranted consideration.

“We simply need readability on what the off-the-ball stuff appears to be like like, and the place we went fallacious,” Longmuir mentioned.

“We have got to be actually cautious that we do not simply speak about one incident and label our staff and our gamers (utilizing underhand) off-the-ball techniques, as a result of I feel that may stick with it to the subsequent week, and we wish to be actually clear that we did not assume the off-the-ball stuff was there.

“And we wish to be certain that we get a good run this week. We do not need everybody trying on the job Caleb does, and treating him (badly) due to one incident. So we simply want clarification on a couple of various things.”

“I do not assume on the weekend we went exterior of the foundations, other than perhaps one incident which they received properly and really rewarded for, and Darcy copped his whack on the match evaluate panel.”

Star midfielder Andrew Brayshaw is nearly sure to overlook Saturday night time’s conflict with Sydney in Perth because of a minor calf harm.

Longmuir mentioned the consistently altering surfaces that the Dockers prepare and play on was responsible for Brayshaw’s harm.

Fremantle relocated to Queensland for 2 weeks following Western Australia’s current COVID-19 scare, and so they skilled at Melbourne’s Olympic Park final week earlier than taking up the Bombers at Marvel Stadium.

“He’ll doubtless be out this week,” Longmuir mentioned of Brayshaw.

“He had a scan final night time so we’re nonetheless working via that, however at this stage it isn’t trying nice for him.

“It is simply the inconsistencies of the surfaces, and that is a problem whenever you transfer your footy division to a different a part of the nation.

“It is not an excuse for our performances (however) it is simply going to price Andy a sport at this stage.”

Defender Luke Ryan will return from a calf harm.

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