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Get ready, Lions: Toby will still 'play on the edge' despite huge fine

Star Bomber considers future, plus will Toby curb his aggression? Nat Edwards with the latest footy news

TOBY Greene's Tribunal appearance and subsequent fine won't tone down the way he plays his footy, according to Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron.

Greene was slugged with a $7500 penalty for serious misconduct on Western Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli after a spiteful elimination final at Giants Stadium on Saturday. 

Vision of the incident showed Greene making contact with his fingers to Bontempelli's face, digging his forearm into his head and also appearing to pull the hair of the Western Bulldogs midfielder.

The 25-year-old apologised for his actions after pleading guilty at his hearing on Monday night, but when asked if he would change the way he goes about it on the field, Greene was reluctant to comment, saying only: "I don't know, we'll wait and see what happens." 

GWS forward Harry Himmelberg was also fined for striking Bontempelli in the stomach and fined $2000.

Cameron said on Wednesday that his star was no different to many other players around the competition, and while he had a chat with Greene about the Bontempelli incident, he hadn't asked him to alter his aggression ahead of Saturday night's clash with Brisbane. 

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"Toby plays on the edge, but so does Jeremy (Cameron), so does Harry (Himmelberg), so does (Shane) Mumford, so does (Jacob) Hopper, so does (Tim) Taranto, so does (Dayne) Zorko, so does (Stefan) Martin, so does (Lachie) Neale, so does (Jarryd) Lyons," he said. 

"There's going to be 44 players on the edge on Saturday because it's a cut-throat final. 

"Did our guys push the limit a little bit because finals take you to another level? Probably. 

"In saying that, we need our players to bring an enormous amount of intensity at the footy, and at the man with the footy, because that's the way we think we can win the game and Brisbane are going to do that. 

"Brisbane have been outstanding at the contest so it's going to be a war of attrition and it'll be the last side standing after 120 minutes of brutal finals footy (that wins). 

"I think the purists watching the game love to watch that and you'll see it on Saturday night." 

Despite the fierce scrutiny on Greene's actions this week, Cameron said the Virgin Australia AFL All Australian will have no problem performing against the Lions at the Gabba. 

"There's players in every footy team that have an ability to play when the spotlight is on them, and Toby is one of them," he said.

"There'll be players at Brisbane (who are the same) and you don't have to look any further than Luke Hodge.

"He's been a star for 15 years and captained Hawthorn to so many flags, and he loves the pressure of finals footy.

"I think everyone likes watching players like that going about their business. 

"They play hard, they play tough, they play to the end.

"Toby is no different, we're proud of the way he plays, and he'll play an aggressive brand of footy this weekend." 

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Brisbane finished last with five wins in 2017, coach Chris Fagan's first season in charge, before winning another five games last season to sit 15th at the end of the home-and-away-season.

However, the Lions have been the competition's bolters this year, with a stunning 16-win season, and Cameron knows what sort of opposition his team will face this weekend.

"They were young and developing when 'Fages' took over and now they're men," he said.

"Three years on, they're the real deal. You don't fluke finishing second. 

"They're as real as anything so we know we've got a huge challenge to take them on."