Sam Jacobs of the Crows wrestles for the throw in with Scott Lycett of the Eagles
Sam Jacobs of the Crows wrestles for the throw in with Scott Lycett of the Eagles BEN MACMAHON

Crow ruckman wants third-man block allowed

AFL: Adelaide ruckman Sam Jacobs may have a gig on the league's rules committee when he retires after putting forward a plan to quell the influence of the 'third-man up'.

The AFL is considering banning tactic in which a player other than the two designated ruckmen compete for the tap at throw-ins or bounce downs.

"It's important that you can't just allow players to have a jump into you,” the big Crow said told reporters.

"I reckon if a third man is going to go up, then I think you should be able to block his run and it not be a free kick.

"I'm a bit of a traditionalist and it's obviously a tactic that is used against bigger ruckmen or dominating ruckmen, so I wouldn't like to see it be ruled out altogether. But I think it can definitely be tweaked.”

Clubs have been split on the rule, but a final decision, one way or another, is expected to be made in the new year.



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