During a marking contest in the third quarter, Shaun McKernan appeared to have gotten the better of Rance, before the umpire gave the four-time All-Australian a free kick for a push in the back.
"The worst free kick of the year."
— AFL.com.au (@AFLcomau) June 2, 2018
Cornes wasn’t pleased with Rance’s efforts, and said the umpires should not have been sucked in by such a poor, blatant attempt at a dive.
“Alex Rance’s one on the weekend was as poor as I’ve seen,” Cornes told SEN Breakfast on Monday morning.
“I thought it was just a really ordinary attempt at milking a free kick, and unfortunately the umpire was gullible enough to be sucked in by it.
“Now it didn’t have any influence on the game but can you imagine if it was a big game and an umpire overturned a decision like that, it could be a two goal turnaround.
“He (Rance) needs to have a serious think about what he’s doing and the legacy he wants to leave because we know what a star player he is.
“But it’s almost like his career will have this little stein on it because of these five or six incidents that he’s had over the last three years.”