West Coast says one match suspension was needed

West Coast defender Shannon Hurn admits that teammate Mark LeCras’ one match suspension for a head high bump on Great Western Sydney Giants' Will Hoskin-Elliott is a good result for the club.

LeCras was reported in the first quarter after his bump hit the young Giant in the head.

The Match Review Panel found the collision worthy of a two match suspension after grading the impact low. However, the 27 year olds’ good record and an early guilty plea, will see him miss just one match.

Hoskin-Elliott was able to continue playing straight away and appeared to have sustained no effects to the bump.

Asked if a one match suspension was a good result, considering the focus on bumping in recent weeks, Hurn said: “No weeks would have been better; it probably is. It is a good result.”

All four players who were cited for similar incidents were found guilty, with the Western Bulldog’s Liam Jones likely to accept a two week ban and Hawthorn’s Jarryd Roughead one, while Fremantle’s Paul Duffield has been offered a reprimand.

The Eagles have a bye in round nine and LeCras will be missing for the first of four crucial games to follow – Collingwood, at the MCG, North Melboune (Patersons Stadium), Hawthorn (Aurora Stadium) and Gold Coast (Patersons Stadium).

Josh Hill appears the most likely to replace LeCras for the game against the Pies. He has played just two AFL games this season for a return of 1.2, but has kicked a total of 5.3 in his past three WAFL games with East Perth.

Pat McGinnity and Sam Butler have also been in good form in the WAFL.

Of those four sides the Eagles face, all except the Kangaroos currently sit higher on the AFL table than the seventh-placed Eagles.

At 4-4, West Coast’s wins have come only against teams currently in the bottom seven – Western Bulldogs, St Kilda, Melbourne and GWS.

Hurn agrees that the side needs a big scalp after the bye to show their credentials as far as the 2014 season is concerned.

“Because results show the team that you are,” he explained.

“Certainly you can beat bottom sides or lesser sides, but if you want to be a really good side, you have to be able to beat the top sides.

“You don't want to go along in your football career or as a team and just be happy with beating middle sides or bottom sides. You want to play against the best sides and win.”

Not that the Eagles have been out of place against teams higher than them on the table.

With the exception of the 75-point hiding they received from Geelong in round four, their other three losses, to Port Adelaide, Carlton and Fremantle, came at an average of just 12 points.

“I think we should be better than 4-4,” Hurn said.

“Every team will sit there and say it, but I think we should have beaten Carlton and you never know with Port and Fremantle, you just never know.

“Games have momentum; if you can make the most of our momentum, put some good scoreboard pressure on, things can change - things can happen.

“I like to think that of the four we lost, we should definitely have won one, possibly another one.”

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