AFL Grand Final 2023: Collingwood star Nick Daicos accused of deliberately diving in first half

Collingwood’s Nick Daicos has come under fire after being gifted several contentious free kicks, with fans accusing him of ducking into tackles during the first half of the Grand Final.

The Magpies have previously been criticised for using the controversial diving act as a deliberate tactic to earn free kicks.

Daicos’ efforts on Saturday didn’t impress some footy fans.

“The too-high rule reverting back to its old interpretation. Lucky for Nick Daicos hey,” tweeted footy journo Ronny Lerner.

Another fan wrote: “Daicos stop flopping you fraud”.

Collingwood need to get a physio out to check Daicos’s knees given how they seem to be regularly folding underneath him,” wrote another.

“Nick Daicos is clearly a protected species. Has anyone ever gotten more free kicks in a grand final?? I bet he sets a record today,” added a third.

AFL podcaster Matt Walsh also posted: “This has not been a great showing from Nick Daicos and raising his arm.”

Daicos kicked the first goal of the match after taking head high contact.

Brisbane kicked five of the first six goals of the second quarter to open up a 13-point lead.

However Collingwood responded by tying it up at 50-50 when Bobby Hill kicked his third goal of the game.

Collingwood held a seven-point lead into the middle of the third quarter. But the Lions were never far away, closing the gap to just two points with half an hour of game time left.

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