Gawn thrives with new ruck rule in Melbourne’s practice match win

Melbourne star Max Gawn has shown how much a dominant big man could relish the AFL's ruck rule change.

Gawn starred in Friday's practice match against Collingwood at the Holden Centre, with the All-Australian ruckman in control at the centre bounces and around the ground.

Collingwood's No.1 ruckman Brodie Grundy remains sidelined after a toe injury and Gawn took full toll.

The rule change means a player can take the ball out of the ruck without the risk of conceding an immediate free kick for prior opportunity.

Gawn stood out as the Demons won 11.6 (72) to 7.6 (48).

The two teams were missing several key players, with Melbourne co-captains Nathan Jones and Jack Viney and injured key position player Tom McDonald leading their absentees.

AAP

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