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'They weren't paying me compliments': Chris Scott opens up on testy exchange with Lions huddle

'They weren't paying me compliments'

Geelong coach Chris Scott has revealed that his fiery exchange with the Brisbane Lions players at quarter-time was about Gary Rohan's blow on Lachie Neale.

Despite his side holding a 16-point lead at the first change, Scott seemed less than pleased with a few of the Lions stars as he approached the huddle.

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Scott was held back by Geelong veteran Cam Guthrie and captain Joel Selwood as he exchanged words with Lions star Joe Daniher as Daniher was held back by teammate Harris Andrews.

Following the match, Scott expanded on the exchange between he and the Lions stars.

"I didn't understand exactly what (Neale) said but it was something about Gary Rohan and I said, 'I'm happy to have the conversation with you if you'd like. I've seen the vision and I'm comfortable with it'. I suspect he didn't hear all of that. That's all that was said.

Chris Scott reacts to a comment from Brisbane Lions big man Oscar McInerney at quarter-time (Seven)

"I think a few of them, they weren't paying me compliments, but I didn't say anything after that."

Scott's testy exchange with the Lions came after a fiery opening term which saw Geelong forward Gary Rohan seemingly strike reigning Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale with a swinging right arm.

Despite footage showing Rohan had struck Neale, Scott was adamant that his forward would not have a case to answer at the Tribunal.

"I thought Neale struck Gary on the chest and then Gary struck him on the chest," he said.

"Neale did (start it), the vision is clear. I'm not saying he did the wrong thing, that's footy.

"I've had a pretty good look at what Gary did and I'm comfortable with it."

However, Brisbane Lions great Jonathan Brown did not share the confidence of Scott, suggesting that Rohan was likely to be suspended.

Lachie Neale reacts after being clipped across the jaw by Geelong's Gary Rohan, who looks on (Getty)

"He's lucky it wasn't about three inches higher because he would've broken his jaw and he'd be out for about half a season," Brown told Fox Footy.

"He should still get suspended for that. That was undisciplined and just stupid behind the play stuff."

Neale immediately fell to the floor before raising three fingers at Rohan, seemingly to suggest that he would receive a three-week suspension for the hit.

Rohan was not placed on report for the incident, but AFL MRO Michael Christian is sure to examine Rohan's strike after the match.

The Rohan-Neale incident was one of a number of spotfires in the opening term, which Geelong skipper Joel Selwood also giving away a free kick for a dangerous tackle.

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