It’s a play that’s sure to go down in Collingwood lore: Taylor Adams throwing himself at Tom Cole’s kick to produce a smother in the final minute to help seal a famous Magpies win.
But a potentially questionable handpass in the moments that followed that may leave West Coast fans wondering what might have been.
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Jack Crisp’s handball following the Adams smother appeared borderline, with the super slow-motion replay inconclusive as to whether the Pies defender got a clenched fist to the ball.
If it had been paid as a throw, Cole would have had a free-kick at half-forward with 30 seconds left and the Eagles down by a point.
Instead, the Magpies cleared the footy and milked the clock to seal a courageous triumph.
Adams and Crisp were among Collingwood’s best as they stunned West Coast in Perth, combining for 40 disposals and 16 tackles to provide plenty of grunt.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson had a bigger-picture mind-set in his post-game press conference, lamenting his club’s slow 1-3 start to the season that proved costly in the top-four chase.
“It hurts but that’s on us. Two years in a row we’ve missed out on top four by percentage,” he said.
“Those three games early in the year where we didn’t have our act together really hurt our percentage and cost us.”