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Essendon star’s sneaky Nick Daicos act caught on camera: ‘That’s interesting’


Essendon midfielder Jye Caldwell could be in hot water for an off-the-ball shot on Collingwood’s young superstar Nick Daicos during an epic blockbuster at the MCG.

Played in front of a record Anzac Day crowd of 95,179 (and the second biggest home and away crowd ever), Caldwell was caught on camera giving a sneaky punch to Daicos’ midriff that visibly upset the Magpie.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Jye Caldwell’s shot on Nick Daicos caught on camera.

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The incident happened during the third quarter when the Bombers were on a hot streak.

They booted six goals to one to turn the game on its head during a blistering term.

Jye Caldwell could be in trouble for his shot on Nick Daicos during the Anzac Day blockbuster. Credit: Channel 7

Daicos had not been tagged throughout the game and was once again picking up possessions at will.

At the start of the third term he had 36 touches and six marks.

After the incident, Channel Seven commentators noticed that Daicos was “slow to get up”.

“That’s interesting, isn’t it? That might give him a week,” Seven commentator Brian Taylor said.

Former Essendon great Jobe Watson was concerned by the incident.

“That’s something that will be closely looked at and he’s going to be in some trouble off the back of it,” Watson said.

James Brayshaw said the action upset the typically calm Scott Pendlebury.

Daicos was clearly in pain after the punch. Credit: Seven

“We knew something had happened, because Pendlebury very rarely shows any form of concern,” Brayshaw said.

Daicos did get back on his feet and was soon back to his devastating best.

He kicked a crucial goal in the final quarter as Collingwood began a late charge.

It was Collingwood’s third consecutive goal and was soon followed by a Jack Ginnivan goal which reduced the margin to four points and set up another classic game.

FULL SCOREBOARD: All the stats from the Pies v Bombers

Daicos then kicked another final-term goal to have the crowd in raptures and put Collingwood in front as the Pies kicked seven unanswered goals to seal a 13-point victory.

He finished with 40 disposals and two goals to win the Anzac Day Medal for best on ground.

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Source: 7News