Snapshot of round three of AFL season

SNAPSHOT OF WHAT HAPPENED AROUND THE AFL IN ROUND THREE:

THEY SAID IT: “You’d never even think of doing that stuff because you would have went off the ground on a stretcher,” Adelaide coach PHIL WALSH says when he played the game, Bernie Vince’s close checking of Patrick Dangerfield would not have been tolerated.

STATS THAT MATTER: 77. That’s how many times Collingwood moved the ball into their forward line against St Kilda, equalling a club record. Dane Swan led the way with a staggering 15 inside-50s.

MAN OF THE ROUND: Luke Hodge. Tallied a career-best 44 possessions in his 253rd game, guiding Hawthorn to their 70-point win over Western Bulldogs in Launceston.

TALKING POINT: Chris Yarran drew blood when he punched Paul Chapman in the head off the ball. How many weeks should he be suspended for?

TRIBUNAL WATCH: Yarran may be referred directly to the tribunal, but he’s certain to be charged and suspended. Shane Mumford will also be sweating on the match review panel’s findings after having his number taken in the Sydney derby.

KEY INJURIES: Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda, calf), Adam Cooney (Essendon, hamstring), Daniel Wells (North Melbourne, achilles), Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne, chest), Ollie Wines (Port Adelaide, dislocated wrist), Chris Knights (Richmond, hamstring), Mitch Wallis (Western Bulldogs, back), Dale Morris (Western Bulldogs, pectoral), Jimmy Bartel (Geelong, knee), Mathew Stokes (ankle), Tom Lonergan (head)

UNDER PRESSURE: Carlton, Brisbane and Gold Coast. Only three sides remain winless. Vastly different things were expected of the trio, but all of them have been underhwelming so far. The Blues have copped the brunt of early-season scrutiny and it will only increase if they don’t find a way to defeat St Kilda.

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