Nathan Vardy’s shove on a defenceless Max Gawn “wasn’t a good look”, according to West Coast coach Adam Simpson
The Eagles big man has come under fire for pushing an injured Gawn while he was on the ground, after Liam Ryan towered over him to haul in one of the marks of the season.
Simpson revealed he spoke to Vardy about his actions following his side's 16-point win over Melbourne at Optus Stadium on Friday night.
“I think there was as bit of banter going in one direction most of the night,” Simpson told SEN’s Crunch Time.
“When you’re Max Gawn and you’ve had 50 hit-outs to advantage, I think Vardy took the opportunity to try and at least return a bit of lip – but it wasn’t a great look for us.
"I hated Nathan Vardy doing that. Gawn has turned him inside out all night. He has destroyed him!"
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“We don’t really like that type of thing and you don’t need to do it. I think when he saw him on the ground, he took an opportunity to give him some feedback which I think Vards was getting most of the night.
“I’ve spoken to Vards and I said: ‘Mate, you don’t need to do that.’ No harm, foul really, but it’s just not a great look.”
Gawn comprehensively won his duel with the former Cat, collecting 15 disposals, seven clearances and winning 56 hit-outs, while Vardy mustered just five disposals and seven hit-outs.