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Tiger defender Alex Rance on report for late brain-fade

Rance on report Alex Rance is on report for this incident with Jack Watts

RICHMOND faces heading into next Saturday's crunch match against Port Adelaide without Alex Rance after the "disappointed" key defender was reported for striking.

The two-time All Australian will be sweating on the Match Review Panel's findings after a brain fade in the closing stages of Sunday night's loss to Melbourne.

A frustrated Rance struck Jack Watts in the back of the head when the Demon was on the lying on the ground after a marking contest.


"He was disappointed with the action," Richmond coach Damien Hardwick told reporters after the game.

"It's unlike Alex, he was frustrated. But there's not much more I can say."

Rance's teammate Anthony Miles admitted frustration had gotten the better of the full-back.

"Rancey is a pretty passionate guy," Miles told

"He wears his jumper every week with such pride."

Watts did not suffer any injuries from the blow to the head.

The incident sparked a melee, as tensions boiled over late during the Tigers' 33-point loss to Melbourne