Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin and Port Adelaide counterpart Ken Hinkley say they prefer a stronger interpretation of the AFL's holding-the-ball rule.
On Friday night, St Kilda coach Brett Ratten lamented the Saints earning just three free kicks for laying 86 tackles in their 21-point defeat against Geelong.
In that game, players from both teams were not penalised for throws and incorrect disposal - with Ratten cheekily querying whether it was "worth tackling".
In contrast, there were 21 free kicks for holding-the-ball paid in Melbourne's win over Carlton on Sunday - with Goodwin believing the rule had been officiated perfectly.
"It was pretty evident early in the game that there was a slightly different interpretation of holding the ball and we spoke to our players about it on the bench about the ability to get full reward for your tackle," Goodwin told Fox Footy's AFL 360.
"But I thought they umpired it in the way it should be umpired.
"There was lots of prior opportunities where players were held with the ball, had opportunities to get rid of it and didn't and got pinged with the perfect tackle.
"If the player's got prior (opportunity) ... or the team (has) prior (opportunity) I think that's when we should be rewarding the tackler."
Both Goodwin and Hinkley felt the St Kilda-Geelong game had been under-officiated in terms of rewarding the tackler.
"If the rule was a little clearer, I think for everyone and it was simpler, I think we'd get a better outcome," Hinkley told AFL 360.
"I'm with (Goodwin) - I'm not against holding-the-ball being umpired a little bit more than it has been currently.
"When you've had prior opportunity and you haven't got rid of the ball well, you pay a price - it's holding-the-ball.
"(On Friday night) there were so many times in that game that I felt as if there was holding-the-ball opportunities ... that (were) just not paid.
"I think that's when ... the frustration comes from everyone from outside the fence that the game's not in a great state. We can make it easier by just paying some more of those frees."
Australian Associated Press