Lachie Hunter, Tom Jonas hit with AFL bans

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Melbourne wingman Lachie Hunter has been hit with a one-match suspension for his high bump on Port Adelaide's Connor Rozee.

Hunter was charged with forceful front-on contact over the incident, which occurred during the third quarter of the Power's thrilling four-point win on Friday night.

The match review officer deemed Hunter's action as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact.

Port Adelaide captain Tom Jonas was also handed a one match ban, cited for rough conduct on Demons forward Tom McDonald 

The last-quarter incident was graded careless conduct, medium impact and high contact.

Hunter was reported on the spot after bracing for contact with Rozee, who was lower in the contest and was not seriously hurt as a result of the collision.

Melbourne could challenge the ban at the tribunal, having successfully had Jacob van Rooyen cleared of a striking charge at the appeals board last week.

Former Hawthorn and Melbourne star Jordan Lewis felt there was nothing more Hunter could have done in the contest.

"Rozee lunged forward to tap the ball, which he is entitled to do, but as you're taught as a player nearly week in and week out, you're taught to protect your body," Lewis told Fox Footy.

"The way Rozee attacks that contest is not the way you are taught to go at that contest.

"I thought Lachie Hunter did everything he needed to in that situation and he didn't have any alternative.

"If you want to go for the ball and lead with your head like that, you leave yourself open, I think.

"That is not the way you are taught and if you want to protect yourself you don't go into contests like that. It was a 50-50 (contest)."

Melbourne's Jack Viney can escape with a $2000 fine if he pleads guilty to rough conduct over his unusual soccer-style slide tackle on Dan Houston.

Teammate Christian Salem was charged with tripping Jason Horne-Francis in his first game of the season and can also accept a $2000 sanction.

Port Adelaide forward Ollie Lord can take the same penalty for rough conduct on Demons defender Jake Lever.