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Geelong (2nd) vs. Collingwood (13th)


Sunday, April 30, 3:20pm (AEST)

Collingwood players mob Daniel Wells (No.3) following his goal after the final siren of the Magpies’ 29-point win over Geelong at the MCG. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)


Collingwood have eased the pressure on coach Nathan Buckley with a stunning 29-point win at the MCG that ended Geelong’s unbeaten run.

With a 1-4 record going to the match, the under-siege Magpies were given little chance of victory on Sunday but dug deep to set up the 15.17 (107) to 11.12 (78) win with a six-goals-to-three third quarter.

The Pies led by a game-high 42 points early in the final term but even then the job wasn’t done.

The Cats, renowned strong finishers this season, peppered the goals to fray black-and-white nerves but the deficit proved to great.

By his own admission, Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury played his worst game in 10 years in the Anzac Day loss to Essendon, but he bounced back with a match- winning 33-possession performance.

Levi Greenwood applied an old-fashioned hard tag on Joel Selwood that limited the skipper to just 17 touches.

Coming off a short five-day break, Collingwood’s midfield runners impressed, with Taylor Adams, Adam Treloar and Steele Sidebottom important.

Travis Varcoe’s scything runs off half-back helped set up the win against his old side, but he limped out of the game with a hamstring injury in the third quarter.

Geelong didn’t escape unscathed either Brandan Parfitt helped from the ground with a hamstring injury in the final term.

Zach Tuohy led the way for the Cats with 36 possessions, while Patrick Dangerfield was uncharacteristically quiet with 21 touches and a goal.

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COLLINGWOOD 3.5 7.9 13.12 15.17 (107)

GEELONG 3.1 5.4 8.7 11.12 (78)

Goals: Collingwood: A Fasolo 2 D Moore 2 A Treloar B Maynard D Wells J Crisp J Elliott M Cox S Pendlebury S Sidebottom T Broomhead T Phillips W Hoskin-Elliott. Geelong: N Cockatoo 2 B Parfitt D Lang H Taylor J Bews M Blicavs M Duncan P Dangerfield S Motlop T Hawkins.

Best: Collingwood: S Pendlebury L Greenwood T Adams A Treloar W Hoskin-Elliott D Moore. Geelong: Z Tuohy M Duncan A Mackie S Motlop T Lonergan P Dangerfield.

Umpires: Scott Jeffery, Jacob Mollison, Craig Fleer.

Official Crowd: 46,457 at MCG.