Collingwood star Nick Daicos has revelled in copping a heavy tag from Sydney Swans gamers, saying the tactical ploy permits the Magpies to “manipulate the opposition”.
Daicos drew heavy consideration within the opening quarter because the Swans despatched specialist tagger Ryan Clarke to curb his affect on the competition.
Nonetheless, after a quiet begin, the 20-year-old exploded within the closing quarter, selecting up 10 of his 25 disposals within the interval as Collingwood kicked away.
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As Clarke and different close by Swans tried to tough up Daicos, his teammates got here in and remonstrated, sparking a wild brawl between the 2 groups.
“We find it irresistible after I get a tag,” Daicos mentioned after the sport.
“We expect we will manipulate the opposition, get a one-versus-none, so it is a good factor for us.
“I’ve at all times bought my teammates’ help, which I like. There was loads of banter, however all good enjoyable.”
Collingwood coach Craig McRae was impressed by how his aspect stood up for his or her younger teammate.
”We need to be a workforce who does that,” he mentioned.
“I’ve mentioned this typically, if somebody comes at us we need to return at them, however inside the guidelines.
“I used to be actually happy. Final week was the identical. The week earlier than somebody comes at us and there is a flying of the flag, however there’s not an overstepping of the foundations of the sport.
“We do not need to be undisciplined, however we rise up for one another.”
McRae mentioned the eye given to Daicos was not too dissimilar to different celebrity gamers early of their careers.
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“You return in time and each nice participant has needed to undergo this, and a few undergo it for longer,” he mentioned.
“That is his lot proper now. He is a second-year participant going very well and oppositions need to take that away.”
Collingwood’s win over the Swans secured its spot on the prime of the ladder, 4 factors adrift of Melbourne, St Kilda, Brisbane and Port Adelaide.
The Magpies will host the GWS Giants on the MCG subsequent weekend with the hope of retaining prime spot.
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