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James Rowbottom bump on Zach Merrett video, Sydney Swans vs Essendon Bombers, MRO match review verdict, report

Sydney on-baller James Rowbottom is set to attract scrutiny from the Match Review Officer after a bump on Essendon star Zach Merrett on Saturday night.

After Merrett fumbled a handball in the aftermath of a centre bounce during the second term, he briefly lent over in an attempt to pick up the ball before being met by Rowbottom.

The Swans midfielder ran towards Merrett and collected him high after electing to bump the Bombers on-baller, who stayed on the SCG turf for a few seconds before getting to his feet.

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Even though Merrett was able to take his free kick and play on, the MRO hasn’t been afraid to upgrade incidents — based on the potential to cause injury — and hand out a suspension.

North Melbourne legend Wayne Carey told Channel 7 Rowbottom’s action was…

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