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Leigh Matthews calls on AFL to curb defensive tactics

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Leigh Matthews has called on the AFL to help curb overly defensive tactics.

It comes after Brisbane and Collingwood played out a thrilling, high-scoring match on Sunday evening, which featured 37 goals.

Despite coming away with a win, Magpie coach Nathan Buckley said after the game he was unhappy with his side’s defensive efforts.

Leigh took the comment as “symbolic” of the tension between the defence that coaches want, and the attacking play fans want.

“Coaching is about teaching your team to defend,” Leigh said.

“This was a great game because the defensive mechanisms of both teams fell apart.

“That’s why the rule-makers have to make sure coaching tactics to defend and lock down games are made harder.

“Anything to minimise the ability of coaching tactics on the style of play makes the game better to watch.”

Leigh said you still need an element of closeness in the result to keep a game watching.

“But a high-scoring close game is so much better than a low-scoring one.”

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