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Sport Lloyd's warning for Rance over staging

07:35  05 june  2018
07:35  05 june  2018 Source:

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Essendon great Matthew Lloyd has backed the AFL’s stance against staging, saying the stigma of being known as a diver during his own career is something that will live with him “forever”.

The practice has hit the headlines with the AFL fining Richmond premiership star Alex Rance $1000 after an incident in the third quarter of the Tigers’ win over Essendon on Saturday night.

Rance came under fire for appearing to over-react when pushed by Essendon forward Shaun McKernan in a marking contest.

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It followed Sydney forward Callum Sinclair being fined for staging during the Swans’ win over Carlton.

Alex Rance of the Tigers takes a dive as Shaun McKernan of the Bombers takes the mark. © George Salpigtidis/AFL Media/Getty Images Alex Rance of the Tigers takes a dive as Shaun McKernan of the Bombers takes the mark. Lloyd, who has admitted he staged for free kicks during his illustrious career, says it’s something the pair won’t live down.

“It stayed with me forever,” Lloyd told Footy Classified.

“These guys both got fined, Callum Sinclair, (it’s) hugely embarrassing, and Alex Rance will be embarrassed.

“I wrote an article about Alex Rance about five weeks ago, about where will he sit in the greatest fullbacks of all time.

“I reckon 99% of responses were ‘this guy stages, he just drops to his knees’ and I think all that Alex needs to know is he’s too good for that.

“He doesn’t need to do it and it’s not a great look, but he’ll learn from that.”

Asked if the stigma was an asterisk on his career, Lloyd agreed.

“I think it is, no doubt about that. I felt like I did it for two or three years, I tried not to do it for my last five years, but it did stay with me forever and that’s just what you’ve got to live with.

Fellow panellist Chris Judd believes a fine is the best way for the AFL to deal with the issue, with a suspension too harsh.

“I don’t think so, not for something like that, I think naming and shaming is enough. I don’t think it is going to affect his legacy in the long term,” he said.

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