The bump is back on the agenda this week just as Lance Franklin prepares to return from his suspension for rough conduct. Paul Chapman and Ted Richards are both in danger of missing their preliminary finals.
Paul Chapman (Geelong) for engaging in rough conduct towards Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
Chapman is in real strife. There are two things you don't want to do if you lay a bump. The first is jump and the second is hit your opponent in the head. He did both. The jump will be enough to make the charge called reckless. The high impact is what makes it a reportable offence.
From there it will come down to impact. Gray wasn't hurt and took his kick. He appeared less affected than Nick Malceski when Franklin bumped him. Franklin's bump was called medium impact. This is most likely low impact. But that will still cost Chapman a one-week ban.
Ted Richards (Sydney) for engaging in rough conduct towards Levi Casboult (Carlton)
The similarities between this incident and Franklin's report are amazing. Neither man left the ground, so that means we can lock in negligent. The contact appears to be high. The camera angles aren't perfect but the point of Richards' shoulder appears to hit Casboult on the chin. That just leaves the level of impact.
Casboult stayed down for a long time, but he wasn't holding his face so he may have been winded. If the MRP calls this low impact, Richards will get a reprimand. But if it's medium impact, he'll be suspended for the preliminary final against Fremantle.