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Brisbane will head to the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night to fight the one-match ban handed to Mitch Robinson for the collision that injured Port rival Xavier Duursma.

Duursma was unable to see out the game at the Gabba after the Robinson bump in the first term.

The Match Review Officer deemed the contact high, careless and of medium impact, resulting in a one-game ban.

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But AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson was left shocked by the decision.

“What is Mitch Robinson supposed to do?” he questioned on Fox Footy.

“(Mitch) actually said, ‘Oh he’s in a vulnerable position here, I’ve got to stop. I can’t do that.

“So he stopped and braced and Duursma kept going… and Robinson gets the week.”

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Robinson said the bump rule was only brought in to stop “kamikaze” moments, like those seen with former Port and North Melbourne hard man Byron Pickett.

“This was brought in to stop Byron Pickett going bang over people,” Robinson said.

“Mitch Robinson has never stopped going for the ball in the history of his career, so his red flag went up (approaching Duursma). ‘If I keep going, I’m going to kill him’ so he stopped, turns and protects.

“Duursma goes into him and says, ‘well that’s your fault’.”

Robinson said the Lion may not be the only player at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday, after Crow Rory Sloane was handed a one-match ban over an alleged eye gouge.

Sloane was cited by the match review for making contact with the region of Docker Blake Acres in the opening term at Adelaide Oval.

Vision showed both players attacking the ball before Sloane wraps Acres up. Acres does not point to his face or gesture over contact to his eyes in the following moments.

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“I wouldn’t mind betting Rory Sloane is at home going, ‘there’s no way I intended to rake the eyes’,” AFL 360 co-host Gerard Whateley said.

But Whateley said the biggest “howler” of the round was the decision to let Essendon’s Sam Draper off with a fine for his contact to the ribs of Geelong’s Esava Ratugolea.

“That is just a complete botch in round one,” Whateley said.

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Fox Footy analyst Gerard Healy was also angered by the Draper decision.

“It’s baffling that it got ticked off on by the football department and that was to give Sam Draper a fine and not a week or two suspension for a deliberate and forceful gut punch that incapacitated Ratugolea for a considerable time,” he told Sportdsay.

“It’s incomprehensible that the AFL could have such a diabolically short memory.

“Gill, it’s time to put up for another appeal because that decision was a black spot on an otherwise near perfect round.”


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