Things got heated at Metricon Stadium on Saturday, with a Gold Coast defender attempting a “wrestling-style move” on an opponent.
Gold Coast Suns defender Sean Lemmens could find himself in hot water with the Match Review Officer after he body slammed St Kilda’s Dan Butler during Saturday afternoon’s match at Metricon Stadium.
Following the halftime siren on the Gold Coast, the two sides became embroiled in a brief melee before returning to the sheds.
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Although the skirmish was harmless for the most part, the situation quickly escalated when Butler looked to join the fisty cuffs.
Lemmens picked up the 24-year-old and flipped him onto the deck, Butler landing on his backside.
“Oh, he’s slammed him,” Fox Footy commentator Mark Howard cried.
“That was a wrestling-style move. Butler didn’t enjoy it at all.
“Lemmens just got Butler in the air and put him on his back.”
Four-time premiership player Jordan Lewis described it as a “WWE move”.
“There’s some feeling in this game,” he said. “It means a lot to both sides.”
The umpires frantically tried to separate the players, who eventually made their way off the ground after several minutes of shoving and wrestling.
“It’s become a bit silly now,” Lewis conceded.
Sarcastic jeers echoed around the venue as the players entered the tunnel.
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Scores were tied at halftime, with wayward kicking thwarting both sides in the opening two terms.
“If we go overboard with that, we’ll give away easy free kicks,” Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew told Fox Footy at halftime.
The Suns rediscovered their mojo in the third quarter, kicking three consecutive goals to take a 15-point lead into the final break.
But the Saints roared back in the fourth quarter, booting four answered majors to secure a 8.15 (63) to 7.12 (54) comeback win.