Brent Daniels and Kane Cornes slam 'embarrassing' Mason Cox act after Magpies loss

The AFL world has been left bewildered with Mason Cox's bizarre move.

GWS star Brent Daniels has labelled Mason Cox's pre-game act before Collingwood's loss as 'bizarre' as fans take aim at the ruckman's curious interruption. Cox was at the centre of some unusual scenes in the warm-up at Engie Stadium when the 32-year-old decided to push Shane Mumford as he charged through a GWS huddle and take a mark.

Mumford and the other players did not appear impressed as the Collingwood player didn't look back after interrupting their routine. AFL fans labelled the move 'cringey' - as Cox entered into a running battle with GWS in the build-up to the contest - and it didn't help when the Magpies star went on to have a poor performance with just five disposals, two kicks and three handballs.

Toby Greene and Brent Daniels celebrate and Mason Cox during the warm-up.
GWS star Brent Daniels and AFL great Kane Cornes have taken aim at Mason Cox's pre-game antics. (Images: Getty Images/Channel 7)

GWS also outplayed Collingwood to win 18.6 (114) to 11.16 (82) as the reigning champions were left searching for answers. And following the victory, GWS player Daniels was asked whether Cox's antics had confused his teammates. And Daniels claimed the move was nothing more than 'carry on'.

"Mason likes to say things that might get a headline, he likes the limelight. What he did before the game I thought was really bizarre. A bit of carry on. I like to think that we are really hungry and humble as a team," Daniels said.

"It wasn't a good look...I think. If you are going to do that, you are going to want to back it up on the field. We didn't read too much into it." And Daniels wasn't the only one to claim Cox needs to back up the antics with his form.

Kane Cornes calls out Mason Cox for antics

Speaking during Footy on Nine, Kane Cornes said he felt the move was 'embarrassing' considering Cox didn't perform. "Yeah, I thought he embarrassed himself, a little bit," Cornes said. "When you don't touch the football for a half and you were a liability out there, you do look a little bit foolish."


While most fans were not thrilled with the antics, Collingwood coach Craig McRae didn't mind a bit of banter in the build-up to the opening round. “I like the banter of footy. I like the build-up. If it means a sell-out crowd, how good” he said after the match.

“I didn’t get caught up in the circus stuff around the edges of it, nor should I, I’m here to coach the team and we didn’t get the job done. The circus stuff around the edges doesn’t influence us. We’re here to entertain, but entertain by winning stoppages, connecting inside 50 and playing our style. But we didn’t do that. I’m OK with a little bit of banter.”

Mason Cox runs the ball.
Mason Cox (pictured) has been called out after some 'bizarre' pre-game antics. (Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Cox's bizarre warm-up interruption wasn't the only Collingwood fail of the day. As the Magpies ran out through the traditional AFL banner to start their season, viewers noticed a mistake.

"Roses are red, Giants seem blue, the "hate" us, but we don't mind you," the banner read. And fans were quick to point out 'the hate us' didn't make sense with the 'y' potentially falling off the banner before it was shown to the public.

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