Cunnington "lucky" to avoid suspension for de Boer slam: Lyon

SEN - Wed, 19th Jun 2019 - 0 Comments

With GWS tagger Matt de Boer set to spend eight weeks on the sidelines, Garry Lyon feels Ben Cunnington was lucky to escape suspension.

The two went at it all day on Sunday, with tagger de Boer limiting Cunnington to just 16 disposals.

Late in the fourth term, de Boer tackled Cunnington before a whistle was blown, stopping the play.

The frustrated Roos midfielder dropped backwards, pulling de Boer to the ground and dropping him on his shoulder, resulting in the injury.

While the incident was assessed by MRO Michael Christian, no punishment was handed down, and in the wake of the severity of de Boer’s injury, Lyon feels Cunnington was lucky.

“We’re not trying to get anyone reported or suspended because that’s all been done, but I thought he was lucky to get away with it,” he told SEN Breakfast.

“De Boer tackled Cunnington, but the whistle was blown and then the action happened.
“I thought it was an action that, the game had slowed down, he was being tackled by de Boer, and then he grabbed a hold of de Boer and dragged him and slammed him into the ground.

“Had it been head-high contact we know that would’ve been a suspension, I reckon.

“But the fact it is broke his shoulder and he’s going to miss two months.”

De Boer has been in All-Australian conversations to this point in the season for successful tagging roles on the likes of Patrick Cripps, Dustin Martin, Clayton Oliver, Tim Kelly and Zac Merrett.