'Clumsy' Cox escapes with fine over high bump

Jason Phelan

Collingwood's Mason Cox has escaped with a $2000 fine after bumping Jason Johannisen high on Saturday night.

The 211cm American forward was reported for rough conduct in the Pies' 13.12 (90) to 8.7 (55) win on Friday night.

He elected to bump and collected Johannisen's head when the Bulldogs' defender was bent over to take possession of the ball in the final term at Etihad Stadium.

"He's a clumsy big fella at the best of times," coach Nathan Buckley said of Cox.

"It was a clumsy contest, but we'll wait and see how that pans out.

Cox's clumsy bump. Pic: Channel 7

"The size differential is always tough for him. He's going to collect guys high more often than not in that circumstance."

AFL match review officer Michael Christian ruled on Saturday that the incident was careless conduct, low impact and high contact.

The Pies improved to a 6-4 record after trailing by 26 points early in the second quarter.

They achieved the win without Travis Varcoe for much of the second half after he suffered a hamstring injury.

"He said he didn't feel that much (pain) but just tightened up so we'll see how he tracks," Buckley reported.

Adam Treloar was prolific with 40 possessions and two goals, Tom Phillips was eye-catching with 36 touches and a goal and skipper Scott Pendlebury was influential with 32 disposals and a goal.

"The last half, in particular, was a really strong example of the brand that we want to play more often," Buckley said.

"Hopefully we're getting closer to it and doing it better week by week.

"I think we're starting to demonstrate that we're a potential top eight side."