Brisbane’s Harris Andrews is ready to resume after missing a month of footy. Picture: Getty Images
Brisbane’s Harris Andrews is ready to resume after missing a month of footy. Picture: Getty Images

Andrews set for Cat clash

BRISBANE plan to rush key defender Harris Andrews straight back into the seniors for Saturday's match with Geelong.

They are confident defensive leader Luke Hodge will also return but will lose Tom Cutler to suspension.

Andrews has missed four weeks after being knocked out by Giant Jeremy Cameron.

He has been cleared to play this week and the Lions will bring him straight back into the senior side if he proves his fitness at training.

 

Hodge has missed the past two weeks with a calf injury and will also be tested.

Cutler was suspended for two games after being charged for rough conduct on Lachlan Murphy in the Lions' five-point loss to Adelaide at the Gabba on Saturday night.

The incident where he jumped into Murphy, who was leaping for a mark, and caught the Crows youngster high was graded as careless conduct, with high impact to the head.

Tom Cutler will miss the game. Picture: Dan Peled/AAP
Tom Cutler will miss the game. Picture: Dan Peled/AAP DAN PELED

Murphy did not play the final quarter.

The Lions had six incidents investigated by the MRP which led to a further two fines.

Forward Dan McStay was slugged $2000 for rough conduct on Luke Brown, while Jake Barrett will hand over the same amount for front-on contact to Rory Laird.

The Cats received some good news with key forward Tom Hawkins escaping sanction for an incident with Melbourne utility Bayley Fritsch.

The Cats forward appeared to try and shove Fritsch in the chest but instead caught him in the face.

MRP chairman Michael Christian deemed the contact to have been a pushing motion not a strike and with insufficient force to be penalised.

West Coast captain Shannon Hurn was also cleared for a bump that concussed Western Bulldogs' midfielder Mitch Honeychurch.

Shannon Hurn avoided suspension. Picture: AAP
Shannon Hurn avoided suspension. Picture: AAP

Hurn stood his ground as Honeychurch who had his head down and was chasing the footy crashed into him. He left the field in a neck brace and on a stretcher.

However Christian said Hurn had turned to protect himself and because he was stationary there was nothing illegal in his action.

The other guilty verdicts were handed to Hawthorn's Ricky Henderson who was slapped with a fined $2000 for front-on contact to Carlton's Levi Casboult, Western Bulldogs midfielder Jack Macrae was fined $2000 for striking Eagle Luke Shuey and fellow Bulldog Josh Dunkley was fined $1000 for making careless contact with an umpire.