Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin wants to avoid a repeat of the sledging war when the Demons face the Brisbane Lions in a sudden-death AFL semi-final.
The reigning premiers overwhelmed the Lions in every area of the game when the teams met in a fiery end to the home-and-away season three weeks ago.
Melbourne demolished Brisbane by 58 points in a commanding display at the Gabba, in a match that will be best remembered for brutal verbal barbs being thrown from both sides.
Lions captain Dayne Zorko left Melbourne defender Harrison Petty in tears with a sledge he later apologised for, but also claimed he was provoked.
The controversial incident led to fierce criticism of Zorko’s leadership and his opposing captain, Demons star Max Gawn, was one to call out the veteran.
But Goodwin is urging Melbourne to focus on winning the contested ball rather than worrying about winning the sledging stakes.
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