Essendon Bombers captain Devon Smith could find himself in hot water with the Match Review Officer after making “undisciplined” contact with Hawthorn’s Jack Gunston on Thursday.
During the round 14 match against the Hawks at Adelaide Oval, Smith — playing in his 150th AFL match — was chasing an opponent when without apparent reason, slid onto his knees and tripped Gunston.
The 28-year-old fell awkwardly onto the turf, but thankfully emerged from the incident unscathed.
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Speaking on Fox Footy, St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt was not impressed with the action.
“It looks like the sweep the leg move from ‘The Karate Kid’,” Riewoldt said.
“It’s not a good look.”
Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph bluntly replied: “What is he doing?”
Brisbane Lions great Jonathan Brown claimed Smith could face a suspension for the “dangerous” decision.
“You can break someone’s leg doing that; it’s very undisciplined,” Brown said.
“Devon Smith’s been good since going to halfback over the last fortnight, but he’s let himself down there.”
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Smith received the W.S. Crichton Medal in 2018, which is awarded to Essendon’s best and fairest.
Currently sitting at 9th on the AFL ladder, the Bombers will be desperate for their experienced midfielder to avoid suspension and feature in Tuesday’s must-win clash with West Coast in Brisbane.
Although the Eagles have won eight of their last nine matches, they have only mustered one victory outside of Western Australia this season.
Smith managed 23 disposals during Essendon’s 13.9 (87) to 10.11 (71) victory over Hawthorn — the Bombers pulled off a remarkable comeback after trailing by 36 points at halftime
“It is unbelievable how much this game has turned on its head,” Brown said on Fox Footy.
“That was a complete obliteration in the middle.”