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AFL legend's brutal public scolding from wife caught on camera

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Jo and Stephen Silvagni, pictured here watching Jack play for Carlton.
Jo Silvagni wasn't impressed with Stephen's reaction. Image: Fox Footy

AFL legend Stephen Silvagni copped a brutal public rebuke from wife Jo as their son Jack played a starring role in Carlton's pre-season clash with St Kilda on Thursday night.

St Kilda and Carlton produced a fast-paced shootout in the opening match of the pre-season series, combining for 13 goals in a blistering first quarter under the roof at Marvel Stadium.

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Only fatigue appeared to slow players down late in the contest as the Saints prevailed, with Jack Lonie, Max King and Tim Membrey combining for 10 goals in their 19.11 (125) to 15.9 (99) win.

Jack Silvagni produced a brilliant display for Carlton, kicking three goals in the loss.

However the youngster appears to have his work cut out trying to impress legendary father Stephen, who was caught on camera copping a scolding from wife Jo.

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After Jack out-muscled two defenders to take a strong mark late in the game, Fox Footy cameras panned to his parents in the crowd.

While mum Jo was impressed and started clapping, Carlton legend Stephen was unmoved.

The cameras then caught the moment Jo elbowed Stephen in the ribs and expressed her disdain that Stephen wasn't showing more support.

Some thought Stephen might have been waiting to see whether or not his son kicked the goal before cheering, however he was still unmoved when the camera cut back to him, despite Jack kicking truly.

“Come on 'SOS', give us something,” said Fox Footy commentator Anthony Hudson.

Brisbane legend Jonathan Brown added: “Give us something, SOS, come on.”

Jack Silvagni received rave reviews after his three-goal performance.

“He’s been good, especially in this second half. He’s looked really dangerous in the forward line,” Brown said.

Journalist Sam McClure tweeted: “If Carlton have learned anything tonight, it’s that Jack Silvagni is in their best team. 

"He’s clean, he competes and he plays multiple positions. It’s not that hard to see.”

Jack Silvagni, pictured here in action for Carlton against St Kilda.
Jack Silvagni kicked three goals for Carlton against St Kilda. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

AFL's 'stand' rule comes into full effect

Meanwhile, the potential offensive impact of the AFL's contentious new 'stand' rule was laid bare in St Kilda's win.

The 'stand' rule - which prohibits the player on the mark from moving in any direction - has been a point of contention for players, coaches and fans over the off-season.

It was under the microscope early when Saints forward Shaun McKernan was penalised for a blatant indiscretion.

But there were few major glitches or hold-ups in play as a result of the new rule, which is designed to promote faster ball movement and, ultimately, higher-scoring matches.

"It showed that the game is quicker with the man on the mark rule," St Kilda coach Brett Ratten said.

"Teams are looking for it and the flow in the game and the (interchange) rotations are limited.

"It's going to be interesting how much scoring goes through the roof, or strategies that teams come up with, because it's going to challenge the players."

with AAP

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