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Geelong moved as much as 3rd at the AFL ladder with a grafting win over Collingwood, after the Tigers once more proved their high quality with a very good win over the spectacular Kangaroos.
Cats declare low-scoring win over Pies
Geelong has outlasted a wounded Collingwood to consolidate its spot within the AFL’s most sensible 4, securing a 21-point victory on Sunday on the MCG.
In a scrappy and low-scoring arm-wrestle in spite of very best stipulations, the Cats led at each and every exchange and withstood a second-half comeback to protected a nine.12 (66) to five.15 (45) victory.
Sam Menegola starred with 3 aims and 24 disposals whilst megastar duo Gary Ablett (32 touches, one function) and Patrick Dangerfield (26 and one) proved a headache rotating between the midfield and ahead line.
Collingwood was once made to pay for a lacklustre first half of and a woeful efficiency in entrance of aims.
The Magpies controlled only one function to half-time and had been decreased to 2 avid gamers at the interchange bench when Tom Phillips was once concussed early within the 3rd quarter.
Phillips controlled to football via his moment function whilst being tackled by means of Zach Tuohy however copped an inadvertent knee to the pinnacle from teammate Chris Mayne at the means down.
Magpies swingman Darcy Moore previous looked as if it would re-injure his hamstring in simply his moment AFL recreation again from a month at the sidelines.
The 22-year-old pulled up sore after taking a chest mark early in the second one time period and performed no additional section within the recreation.
It persevered a coarse day for the Magpies at the damage entrance.
Skipper Scott Pendlebury, who harm his ankle all the way through remaining week’s victory over Brisbane, was once a overdue withdrawal on the MCG, whilst ahead Jamie Elliott suffered an damage — idea to even be a flare-up of a prior hamstring factor — in his VFL comeback fit previous within the day.
Neither Ablett or Dangerfield broke the sport open to their complete doable however every had been destructive and inventive.
Ablett’s elegant function overdue in the second one half of, weaving his means via site visitors and kicking in point of fact from 30m out, arrange a 19-point Geelong lead on the main destroy.
After scoring simply 1.6 to half-time, the Magpies lifted within the 3rd time period with majors to Phillips and Jordan De Goey chopping the margin to seven issues.
However the Pies persevered to misfire in entrance of aims and paid the fee as Dangerfield and Menegola piled on 3 immediately aims between them.
Adam Treloar had 13 of his 34 disposals in an enormous 3rd quarter but in addition kicked zero.three, as did Daniel Wells in his first recreation for the season.
Tigers simply too tricky for spirited Roos
Ben Cunnington were given the simpler of Dustin Martin at the day, however the Tigers nonetheless prevailed. (AAP: Hamish Blair)
North Melbourne was once courageous, however Richmond has prolonged its AFL successful streak to 6 video games with a pulsating 10-point victory at Docklands Stadium
The Roos led by means of two issues early within the remaining quarter, however Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin slotted a super function to assist the reigning premiers to an exciting 12.10 (82) to 11.6 (72) win on Mom’s Day Sunday.
And so they did it with out an excessive amount of assist from Dustin Martin.
The Brownlow Medal winner had grasp tagger Ben Jacobs for corporate for far of the competition and the Roos midfielder limiting Martin to 16 possessions.
However Martin nonetheless discovered a solution to affect the sport overdue.
He was once redeployed up ahead within the remaining quarter and had a hand in Cotchin’s pivotal function then discovered Dan Butler, who kicked the remaining function of the competition in entrance of 29,153 fanatics.
Cotchin was once very good with 37 disposals and 7 clearances, whilst Josh Caddy was once essentially the most bad ahead at the flooring with 4 aims.
Ben Cunnington performed arguably the most efficient recreation of his AFL profession with a surprising 32 of his 38 possessions contested.
He additionally had 14 clearances and laid six tackles.
Caddy was once on track early, kicking two aims to assist his aspect to a 10-point lead on the finish of an entertaining first quarter.
North’s accuracy saved them within the contest, however back-to-back misses by means of skipper Jack Ziebell proved expensive because the Tigers slammed via 4 unanswered aims to steer by means of 20 issues at half-time.
However simply when the Tigers looked as if it would have absorbed the Kangaroos’ perfect shot, Brad Scott’s males discovered every other equipment after the restart.
Cunnington persevered to position in combination a recreation for the ages as North stormed again into competition with a four-goals-to-one 3rd quarter.
Roos fanatics dared to dream when Shaun Higgins put his aspect in entrance with the primary function of a frantic ultimate time period.
Even if Cotchin and Butler gave Richmond a 12-point buffer with 5 mins left at the clock, North saved coming.
However Coleman Medal chief Ben Brown, who booted two aims, overlooked two set photographs as time ran out, finishing his aspect’s courageous problem.
The Tigers will glance to stay their successful run going once they face West Coast at Perth Stadium in spherical 9, whilst the Roos host GWS in Hobart.