• Crows solve problem after taunt by Taylor Adams
  • Adams awarded a free kick for a shoulder charge
  • The Swans recorded a 42-point victory over the Crows

Swans star Taylor Adams helped steer the match towards Sydney by cheekily taunting the Crows defenders, prompting wild scenes during Saturday’s match at Adelaide Oval.

At the end of the second quarter of the game, the Crows led by 23 points, and at the end of the third quarter they overcame Joel Amartey’s first blitzkrieg and still led by 16 points.

However, things got messy when Amarty kicked his sixth and seventh goals, prompting Adams to rub it at the Crows players while holding up his seven fingers.

Defenseman Mitch Hinge responded by dropping Adams with a hard shoulder tackle directly in front of the referee.

Taylor Adams taunted his opponent by holding up seven fingers, causing him to be flattened moments later

Adams was awarded a free-kick which gave the Swans another shot on goal, which he converted.

“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” Port Adelaide legend Dom Cassisi said on Triple M.

“If I were Nicks, I would drag him. He’s a trainer killer. This won’t help your football club.

“He blinded him. He shot him. For no reason. It came from a distance of 10 meters. There was no need.

However, many football fans thought Adams had taken a dive.

“Flap, soo. “Weak as,” wrote one fan on X.

“Is he a former footballer,” replied another.

Former Port Adelaide captain Tom Jonas believes Adams dragged the opposition into the act.

“Today’s competition was full of emotions,” he said on Triple M.

Adams stayed on the field and received a free kick, which he converted

Joel Amartey (pictured) proved too much for the Adelaide Crows

“We know one thing, Taylor Adams is a pest, he dragged them in, tempted them and got what he wanted, which was a free kick. Really disappointing for the Crows.

Amartey’s heroics ultimately proved too much for the Crows, with Sydney securing victory 16.13 (109) to 10.7 (67).

The victory was Sydney’s ninth on the trot and gave them a three-win lead at the top of the ladder with a record of 12-1.

Amartey was out at half-time, but he kicked four goals in the second quarter and another four in the third to turn the game upside down.

He added one more goal in the last quarter, which gave him 9.1 out of 10 disposals.

Coach John Longmire, however, had no room for sentiment, as Amartey spent the last minutes of the match on the bench, even though goal number 10 was tempting.

“It was just my rotation,” Amartey said with a laugh.

– The boys played a simply phenomenal match.

It’s a team game. The service I received that evening was phenomenal.

“You don’t know who in our forward line is going to score goals every week,

“I think that’s the beauty of our centers and our forward line and that’s why we’re so dangerous at the moment because everyone can have their day.”

The 24-year-old is the most goals scored by a Sydney player since Lance Franklin kicked 10 times against Carlton in Round 23 in 2017.

Amartey’s previous personal best was four goals, but a magical evening against Adelaide took his tally for the season to 31 goals and put him in the running for the Coleman Medal.

For rival clubs looking to steal Amartey, you’ve lost your chance.

Trapped with the No. 28 pick in the 2018 rookie draft, Amartey re-signed with Sydney last year until 2026 and has no intention of leaving.

“I love this place, I love Sydney. The boys here are my brothers now,” Amartey told Fox Sports.