Epic Dane Rampe detail amid heartbreaking Kangaroos blunder

The injured Swans player made sure officials knew about the infringement.

Kangaroos players devastated and Swans star Dane Rampe pointing to the officials.
Injured Swans star Dane Rampe (pictured right) was aware of the rules that saw the Kangaroos go over the rotation cap and give away a match deciding penalty against Sydney. (Images: Getty Images/Fox Sports)

The AFL world has been left baffled after the Sydney Swans were able to snatch victory in the dying seconds against a resurgent Kangaroos team with injured star Dane Rampe doing his best to alert umpires to the gaffe. The Swans were down with one minute and 40 seconds left on the clock when confusion took over on the field.

North Melbourne mistakingly used 76 interchanges, one over the limit when Liam Shiels came from the ground with cramp, in the final moments as tensions were high. Stewards are meant to warn teams when they are down to five and one interchange, but the Kangaroos made two simultaneous replacements to take them past 75 rotations.

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One of the few people that noticed the infringement was injured Swans star Dane Rampe who ran off the bench to make a commotion about the penalty. The rules dictate the umpires will then award the penalty at the next stop in play.

Moments later with 50 seconds left, while the teams were waiting in the goal square, the umpires awarded Hayden McLean a shot right in front of the goals to all but seal the victory for the Swans. Commentator Mark Howard was absolutely stunned.

"Extraordinary scenes, extraordinary scenes under the roof," he said. Fox Footy's Nick Del Santo said he hadn't seen such a penalty awarded for a team breaching the cap during a game.

"Very unusual set of circumstances with the game paused like that and the umpire clearly talking to someone through his head set,” he said. “It feels like there’s a fair bit of confusion.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever seen the cap go over and therefore be penalised. I wouldn’t be shocked if the majority of players on the field have no idea what the last free kick was for.”

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Fans were left absolutely stunned at what unfolded in Melbourne. On Triple M radio, the infringement was described as 'tragically cruel', while fans on social media were wondering why stewards didn't intervene to stop the final rotation.

Others questioned the rule itself and why the penalty is awarded at the next change in play, rather than the umpire stopping the game immediately. This allowed the Swans to march down field for the goal. Rampe also grabbed plenty of attention with Swans fans praising the injured star's passion and intuition during a crucial moment of the game.

North Melbourne coach Brett Ratten said while it was brutal his team had the chances to take victory away from the visitors. “We’ll have a look at it during the week and work out how we can do some things better but we’re not going to worry about that we had our chances,” he said in his post-match press conference.

“So, we’ll have a look and review it and see if we can get better … there’s sometimes chat about we’re getting close, but there’s nothing from a senior coach’s point of view where I’m looking at the interchanges, no we leave that to the bench.”

Lance Franklin celebrates.
Lance Franklin (pictured) celebrates after the final siren in the Swans controversial win. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos/via Getty Images )

The confusion wasn't just on the field with Swans coach John Longmire admitting he had no idea what was occurring when McLean was awarded the penalty. “I had no idea what was going on,” Longmire said.

“I genuinely had no idea what the free kick and 50 was paid for it wasn’t until afterwards someone told me after the siren had gone.”

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