CATS coach Chris Scott thinks his skipper Joel Selwood was lucky to escape punishment following his ltercation with Brisbane tagger Andrew Raines on Saturday night.
During a spiteful game Raines' niggling tactics resulted in Selwood lashing out, only to come off second best after Raines retaliated with a right hand to the jaw.
Raines was handed a three-game suspension by the match review panel but Selwood's hit on Raines was not deemed forceful enough.
"He was fortunate in this example," Scott said.
"He needs to make a slight adjustment to how he reacts to defensive players off the ball."
Raines' five-year good record means he can accept a one-match ban with an early plea.
St Kilda midfielder Leigh Montagna contested a two-match suspension at last night's tribunal hearing for a level three striking offence on Melbourne's James Magner.
The 28-year-old could not accept a reduced penalty because of a poor recent record.