Josh Caddy fined as MRO gives other finals incidents all clear
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Josh Caddy fined as MRO gives other finals incidents all clear

Richmond forward Josh Caddy has escaped with a fine after being involved in two separate incidents with Hawthorn's Daniel Howe during Thursday night's qualifying final.

The MRO imposed two $1500 fines on Caddy for two counts of misconduct after he stomped on Howe's hand in one incident and applied a headlock on the Hawk using his legs in a second incident.

It means Caddy, who assumed the role of antagoniser during Thursday night's game, will be free to play in the Tigers' preliminary final in a fortnight.

The MRO found Hawk forward Paul Puopolo had no case to answer despite his forearm making contact with Richmond defender Alex Rance's neck and face as the force was below what was required to lay a charge.

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Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin also found himself flying close to the breeze when he made high contact with Hawthorn's Shaun Burgoyne as the midfielder bent to pick up the loose ball but the MRO Michael Christian determined that Cotchin ran through the line of the ball and was making a realistic attempt to contest the ball.

Josh Caddy clashes with Daniel Howe.

Josh Caddy clashes with Daniel Howe.Credit:Joe Armao

Cotchin was cleared of suspension after last year's preliminary final when he went hard and low to contest a loose ball with Greater Western Sydney midfielder Dylan Shiel, which saw the skilful Giant sidelined with concussion.

Three other incidents were assessed with Jarryd Roughead, James Sicily, Jack Riewoldt and Paul Puopolo having no case to answer.

Peter Ryan joined The Age in 2017 having covered AFL as a senior reporter with AFL Media.