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Longmire defends Franklin and Tippett after key duo's reports against Tigers

Franklin reported for rough conduct Buddy goes into the book for this bump on Shane Edwards
We'll deal with it. It's in front of us, it's a fact, I don't see it as a huge issue
John Longmire

SYDNEY Swans coach John Longmire doesn't believe star forwards Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett were rattled after being reported during his side's disappointing 18-point loss to Richmond on Friday night.

The Swans gave up a 32-point half-time advantage at the SCG, with Franklin and Tippett going into the umpire's book after separate incidents each side of the long break.

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Franklin was reported for engaging in rough conduct after he laid a heavy bump on Tigers midfielder Shane Edwards, which left the speedster stunned in the second term.

Edwards was able to take his free kick but was sent for a concussion test, which he passed, and played on for the remainder of Richmond's stirring win.

Franklin had kicked two goals until the incident, but had no impact after it – his only disposal in the second half came at the 27-minute mark of the final term, with the star Swan well held by Tigers defender Alex Rance.

 

Tippett fared slightly better after being reported for striking Richmond defender Dylan Grimes in the third term – he kicked one of only three goals for the Swans in the second half – but also struggled to have an influence on the game.

Longmire was forthright when asked if his marquee men were rattled by the reports.

"No," Longmire said post-match.

"We'll deal with it. It's in front of us, it's a fact, I don't see it as a huge issue."

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick went in to bat for the two goalkickers, saying he doesn't think either would be suspended by the AFL's Match Review Panel.

"I think they will both be OK, we want to see the good players playing," Hardwick said post-match.

"Accidents happen. I think the Tribunal has done a pretty good job at this stage with those sorts of incidents and the reality is we want to see good players play.

"They will make a decision in due course."

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The Swans can ill afford to lose one or both of their forward targets, with key games against Port Adelaide, the Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn in the next three weeks.

The duo has booted 58 goals between them in 12 games this season, and would leave a huge hole in the Swans' forward line if suspended.

Longmire could be forced to switch swingman Sam Reid into attack should he lose Franklin and/or Tippett. But there are no other obvious tall forward options on the Swans list, which would cost the side plenty of flexibility.