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The Magpies had been hardly ever after half-time towards the Western Bulldogs at Docklands. (AAP: Julian Smith)
Collingwood has triumph over a gradual begin to sweep to a at ease 35-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Docklands.
The Bulldogs led via 26 issues early in the second one quarter, however the Magpies kicked 8 unanswered objectives after half-time to attain a 13.12 (90) to eight.7 (55) win in entrance of 37,985 enthusiasts on Friday evening.
Then again, Collingwood’s 6th win of the season got here at a price.
Speedster Travis Varcoe left the sport with a hamstring harm within the 3rd quarter and American ahead Mason Cox was once reported for an inept prime bump on Jason Johannisen within the ultimate time period.
Adam Treloar was once prolific with 40 possessions and two objectives, Tom Phillips was once crowd pleasing with 36 touches and a function and skipper Scott Pendlebury was once influential with 32 disposals and a function.
Toby McLean (33 possessions and 7 clearances), Jack Macrae (30 touches) and Luke Dahlhaus (24) led the best way for the Canines.
In a wary get started from each groups, simply over 9 mins elapsed ahead of Phillips kicked the primary function of the competition after a Bailey Williams howler deep within the Bulldogs’ defence.
The fit kicked up a couple of gears after that, however best so far as the Canines had been involved.
In his first sport again from a four-week hamstring harm Tory Dickson booted two objectives as Luke Beveridge’s facet slammed thru 5 unanswered majors to steer via 25 issues on the first ruin.
Former quantity two draft pick out Josh Schache was once mobbed via his new teammates after he kicked his first function in his first sport for the Canines since his transfer from Brisbane.
The Pies labored into the competition in the second one time period, with Treloar and Pendlebury necessary, however the Bulldogs nonetheless led via 18 issues at half-time.
Canines defender Zaine Cordy did not reappear after the ruin because of a concussion and his facet had been all of sudden at the again foot.
The reinvigorated Pies confirmed an intent to annoy their warring parties, with Brodie Grundy getting on most sensible within the ruck contest.
Josh Thomas gave his facet the lead when he kicked actually to complete a scorching coast-to-coast passage of play.
The Canines could not set up a function within the 3rd time period and the Pies had the momentum, 9 issues up heading into the ultimate quarter.
The Bulldogs had best received a unmarried ultimate time period for the season going into the conflict and their deficient completing persisted.
The Pies booted the ultimate 4 objectives of the sport as Beveridge’s facet went goalless in the second one 1/2.