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Cody Weightman takes out Sam De Koning’s legs, free kick, sliding rule, video, contact below the knees, David King, Geelong Cats defeated Western Bulldogs

North Melbourne legend David King has taken aim at Western Bulldogs young gun Cody Weightman for taking out Cat Sam De Koning legs, believing it should’ve resulted in suspension.

De Koning was awarded a free kick during Friday night’s clash at Marvel Stadium after Weightman aggressively slid into his legs to leave the young defender floored.

It comes as the polarizing Weightman has come under fire for appearing to accentuate contact to draw free kicks, with Fox Footy pundits saying one no-call from the Dogs game was a ‘lesson’ from the umpires.

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Speaking on Fox Footy’s First Crack, King was more concerned with Weightman taking out an opponent’s legs — acts the AFL tried to stamp out with the sliding rule brought in in 2013 to avoid forceful contact below the knees.

“This I cannot accept, this is not part of our game. That there should be weeks, that’s a leg breaker, that’s an ACL snapped right there,” King said replaying vision of the incident.

Weightman takes out De Koning’s legacy on Friday night.Source: FOX SPORTS

“This kid is one of the most promising youngsters to come into the game Sam De Koning, and we’re going to allow players to slide like that and give a free kick.

“No, no, it’s got to be more than a free kick that. Lindsay Thomas I think broke Gary Rohan’s leg years ago doing that, we’ve got to stamp that out, it’s unacceptable.

“Luke Beveridge needs to grab Cody Weightman immediately and say, ‘hey, not part of your game.’”

The Bulldogs were beaten down early in Friday night’s clash, getting smashed in contested possessions (-10) in the first quarter to ultimately set themselves a task too big to recover from.

The result saw the Dogs drop out of the top eight ahead of their bye this week.

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St Kilda champion Leigh Montagna lamented the poor performance from the Bulldogs, but thought they could still play finals.

“It was horrible, the game was over, they blew it at quarter-time. They weren’t expecting the punch in the mouth from Geelong,” Montagna said of Friday night’s efforts.

“I wonder what the effects of coming off the effects of coming off the West Coast Eagles win last week (were).

“They can (play finals), but there’s one spot left in that top eight and there’s five teams and there’s some teams in better form than the Dogs. They’ve got their work cut out.

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“They’ve got the bye to reset, they are a team that can get on a roll, they can get on a bit of a hot streak. They need to crank it up because unless their midfield completely dominates, both ends of the footy aren’t good enough for them.”

King called for Dogs star Aaron Naughton, who was held to one goal by De Koning, to be moved down back to help shore up the team’s struggling defence.

“I know he’s kicked 30 goals, (but) he’s got to go back,” the dual premiership Kangaroo said.

“They’ve got two problems at the moment — down back and forward — fix one of them.

“They’re a mess down back at the moment. I know they don’t want to accept it and they hate that sort of feedback. But unless something changes they’ll just fritter away in 2022.”

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