Lance Franklin bump video: The Sydney superstar comes under scrutiny for a high hit during the Swans’ big win over Gold Coast

Sydney superstar Lance Franklin is under scrutiny for a high shot at Gold Coast defender Sam Collins on Saturday night as the Swans hammer at 49 points.

Franklin scored the first two goals of the game but may have a case to answer after making high contact with Collins in the final quarter.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Lance Franklin’s bump on Sam Collins.

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Collins was pulled off the field with a concussion, but Franklin was still able to walk away with a fine.

“Any chance Buddy can get away with a fine. A minor impact is a fine. Medium impact, it will last a week,” 7NEWS reporter Mitch Cleary said on Channel 7.

Sydney superstar Lance Franklin meets Gold Coast defender Sam Collins. Credit: Jono Searle/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

The Swans won Saturday night at Heritage Bank Stadium 16-14 (110) 9-7 (61), becoming the second battered Grand Finalist in seven years to win their opening game.

Twelve different Swans scored goals but none managed more than two, while Dane Rampe (25 touches) braved the slippery, muggy conditions to score 20 goals at half-time.

Chad Warner (30), Jake Lloyd (28) and Dylan Stephens (27) then hit the road.

That spread set off a team-wide display of pressure that rocked the Suns early, with points from turnovers killing Stuart Dew’s men.

The contest was over in virtually 20 minutes, the Swans scoring the game’s first five goals and Franklin being the opening couple.

The 36-year-old tagged over Collins’ head in his 19th and likely final season, booming the opener high in the stands.

Then his set shot aimed and sent Sydney on his way. Franklin passed Barry Hall to move up to third in the club’s goalscoring chart within the first 10 minutes.

He remained heavily involved in a dominant tenure for the hosts, tempered by two late goals from the Suns.

Lance Franklin kicked two early majors as Sydney beat the Suns by 49 points on the Gold Coast. (Darren England/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP

David Swallow’s snap then jumped through to start the third term and suddenly Gold Coast was just 15 behind.

The hosts increased their pressure but had nothing to show, Harry Cunningham and Isaac Heeney’s goals were hard blows for the Suns.

Tom Papley added two pearls to his highlight role, his first goal from the outside of his right foot in traffic and second on the run to open the third term.

Logan McDonald then ran into an open goal and threw the ball onto the stadium roof in an emphatic act that almost broke the hosts.

Oliver Florent caught the Gold Coast defense taking a nap to add another and Errol Gulden skipped a big through to take a 48-point lead.

Back in his first AFL game since 2021, Ben King had to wait until the third quarter for his first kick.

But deep in the pocket it was long and straight for a Suns goal in front of 13,648 fans.

He then placed his body on the line to deflect a loose ball towards Ben Ainsworth for the first of his two goals in the last quarter.

Sun’s ruckman Jarrod Witts fought hard, while Touk Miller (29 touches) and Matt Rowell (28) took until the third term to get their hands on the ball with some authority, and Sam Flanders (16 dismounts) also had two goals.


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