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Sauce cleared for season-opener

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Ben McGlynn of the Swans is bumped by Sam Jacobs of the Crows during the 2016 AFL First Semi Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Adelaide Crows at the Sydney Cricket Ground on September 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Ben McGlynn of the Swans is bumped by Sam Jacobs of the Crows during the 2016 AFL First Semi Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Adelaide Crows at the Sydney Cricket Ground on September 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

Ruckman Sam Jacobs is free to play in next year’s AFL season-opener after receiving a fine for rough conduct against Sydney Swans forward Ben McGlynn on Saturday night.

Jacobs, 28, was reported for a collision with McGlynn in the fourth quarter of Adelaide’s Semi-Final loss to the Swans at the SCG. McGlynn was attended to by medical staff on the ground, but was able to play out the game, kicking his third goal after the incident.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Sydney Swans Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was classified as a $1,500 sanction.

Jacobs has no applicable record which impacts the penalty, and an early plea enables him to accept a $1,000 sanction.