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Gray could become target

- ANDREW CAPEL

CHAD Wingard has warned that star Port Adelaide teammate Robbie Gray could be in for more rough treatment as rivals try to curb the gamebreake­r’s influence.

In a game-turning incident Gray was knocked unconsciou­s and stretchere­d from the field in the second term against Carlton at the MCG on Saturday after a controvers­ial sling tackle from Blue Bryce Gibbs, who has been offered a two-match suspension for rough conduct.

Wingard defended Gibbs’ tackle, saying it was fair and describing it as “great’’.

“(Gold Coast’s) Gary Ablett cops it all the time,’’ Wingard said when asked if star players are targeted for greater physical attention.

“All the star players you try and rough up and tackle them to the ground as hard as you can. Every side does that, it’s just the game, you try to physically get into players.’’ Port has the bye this week. The Power expects ruckman/forward Paddy Ryder, who has missed the past four matches with an Achilles strain, to also play against Sydney after he upped his training workload yesterday.

andrew.capel@news.com.au

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ON TRACK: Paddy Ryder.

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