Brayden Maynard hit on Angus Brayshaw, video, brawl, struggle, MRO verdict, Collingwood Magpies v Melbourne Demons, response, latest news
Brayden Maynard has defended his collision with Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw, calling it a “footy act” because the Collingwood star nervously awaits the MRO verdict forward of his facet’s preliminary closing look in a fortnight’s time.
Maynard early within the first quarter of Thursday evening’s Qualifying Remaining win over the Demons launched at Brayshaw in an try and smother. Whereas touchdown, Maynard made contact with the Demons midfielder’s head, prompting an all-in brawl as Brayshaw was stretchered off the bottom in dramatic scenes on the MCG.
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Brayshaw was immediately subbed out of the competition for Bailey Laurie in a brutal setback to the Demons – each on the evening and transferring ahead – with the on-baller set to be sidelined for a minimum of 12 days beneath the league’s concussion protocols, ruling him out of subsequent week’s semi-final in opposition to both Carlton or Sydney.
Chatting with Channel 7 post-match, Maynard, who was positioned on report by the umpire, performed down the potential for him to cop a suspension.
“I don’t wish to say an excessive amount of, but it surely’s a footy act,” he started.
“I got here ahead, I jumped to smother the ball and sadly I simply obtained him on the best way down.
“We’ll have to attend and see what occurs, but it surely’s all love, I completely love that man to bits. It’s shattering what occurred.”
Maynard continued: “It’s anxious, however you’ve form of obtained to maneuver on. It’s a bloody intense sport, it requires loads mentally and bodily.
“That’s why we’re constructed for this, it’s finals.”
Maynard now faces the potential of lacking his facet’s preliminary closing and even his season being over, pending on how the MRO assesses the act – with injured celebrity Nick Daicos ready within the wings to return.
Maynard after the incident on Thursday evening was booed loudly by Melbourne followers every time he obtained the ball – which was opposed by cheers from Collingwood supporters – with the MRO verdict now looming as a giant speaking level over the subsequent week.
The consensus from the footy world was that Maynard shouldn’t face suspension given he made a real try and spoil, nevertheless the MRO has persistently graded on consequence, leaving the Pies defender in peril.
Richmond nice Matthew Richardson famous the way it was a tough incident to evaluate given Maynard “jumped within the air and tried to spoil the ball”.
“It’s actually laborious for him to cease … he can’t, it’s an actual powerful one,” Richardson mentioned on Channel 7 instantly afterwards.
“What else can he do? He’s heard the boos and doubtless realised Brayshaw is harm and we’re enthusiastic about him, but it surely’s laborious to know what else he can do there.”
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Geelong skipper Patrick Dangerfield strongly concurred with Richardson, arguing Maynard shouldn’t have any case to reply for.
“Maynard performs on the sting, however for my part, there’s nothing on this. You may have an obligation of care to your self to guard your self as you come to land,” Dangerfield advised Channel 7.
“Sadly on this sport, there’s contact that happens.
“He’s within the air for half a second … I do know a lot of what we’ve completed across the guidelines have been what the end result is, however I see this in another way as a result of he’s up for therefore lengthy.”
Herald Solar reporter Jon Ralph thinks there’s “no center floor” for a way the incident may very well be assessed by the MRO, declaring it’s both a prolonged suspension or nothing in any respect.
“It’s assessed both as a extreme affect tough conduct cost – and that will be three-plus weeks and Brayden Maynard’s season can be over – or it’s assessed as a soccer accident. I feel it’s extra more likely to be the latter,” Ralph advised Fox Footy at half-time.
“He’s entitled to guard himself on the best way down after leaping to smother. He’s entitled to leap within the air, he turns his shoulder.
“However I feel (MRO) Michael Christian would say: ‘What else is he speculated to do? Is he making an attempt to knock out Brayshaw or is he making an attempt to guard himself there?’
“It’s so lineball, however from an AFL perspective, the harm to Brayshaw won’t be thought-about till it’s seen to be a reportable act.”
Fox Footy pundits additionally prompt Maynard didn’t have every other choices than to assault the competition as he did, with twin All-Australian Leigh Montagna saying he shouldn’t have something to fret about from the MRO.
Kangaroos legend David King advised Fox Footy: “I’m unsure what extra Maynard can do. He’s going on the ball, he’s making an attempt to smother after which he simply braces for contact.
“He doesn’t try to use the elbow in any respect, he doesn’t use a forearm. I simply suppose it is a soccer motion and sadly he’s caught him (Brayshaw) within the unsuitable spot and he’s out for the day.”
4-time premiership profitable Hawk Jason Dunstall added: “It’s a real tried smother. As soon as he’s within the air, he can’t disappear, he can’t change place and it didn’t appear to be a large hit per se.
“However sadly it look it’s going to end in Brayshaw not taking any additional half. We hope he’s OK, however are you able to punish a participant for leaping up within the air making an attempt to spoil given what occurred on the back-end of it?”
It wasn’t the one incident set to be checked out by the MRO, with Jacob van Royen within the first quarter gathering Dan McStay, who went down into the rooms for a Head Damage Evaluation (HIA).
McStay returned to the sport within the second time period although to probably assist van Royen’s case.