Sydney Swans play within AFL rules: Smith

Adrian Warren

Sydney back Nick Smith insists his team plays within the AFL rules following Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson's assertion the Swans defence gets away with blue murder.

Clarkson made his comment after off-the-ball blocking free kicks in the Hawks' attacking 50 were paid in last Friday's match between the two teams at the MCG.

"He's got his opinions, we think we play within the rules, the umpires have seen it that way for a long time," said Smith, who plays his 200th game on Saturday against Fremantle at the SCG.