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Cats in a canter over Coburg

Geelong trio Rhys Stanley, Nathan Krueger and Aaron Black compete for the ball in the Cats’ VFL win over Coburg. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

IMPRESSIVE performances from uncapped AFL-listed du Nathan Krueger and Oscar Browlness have helped Geelong return to the VFL winners’ list with a comfortable 57-point win over Coburg at GMHBA Stadium on Thursday night.

The Cats kicked the first six goals of the contest and were never threatened by the Lions as they picked up their fourth win of the season.

Coach Shane O’Bree says it was important Geelong prevented Coburg from getting the match on its terms in the first quarter.

“Coburg is a really good contest team,” he said. “They’re a smaller, fast, get forward hard sort of team.

“I thought we matched them around the contest and actually used our strengths going forward, and got those entries into ‘JJ’ (Josh Jenkins) and ‘Jarvo’ (Ben Jarvis).

“And our pressure when the ball hit the ground; when we locked it in, more goals resulted from that.

“I thought the first quarter set the scene. It was just a matter of us sticking to the process.”

On his return from injury, Krueger settled into a role as a key defender, and he impressed both in the air and on the ground.

“I think that’s the best defensive game I’ve seen him play,” O’Bree said.

“A lot of the time, he was right up on his opponent; closing speed, spoil, just hard to play against as a defender.

“Then he was really composed with ball in hand coming off a five-week injury.

“Before the injury, he was heading in that direction. It shows he’s done the work in his rehab and implemented it really well tonight.”

Brownless, who is out-of-contract at the end of the season, again caught in the eye in the midfield, working in tandem with the equally effective Charlie Constable.

“He’s probably played three weeks as an inside-mid,” O’Bree said. “And every week, Oscar’s looked stronger and better around the ball – winning his contests.

“Because he’s an elite runner, too, that allows him to get out of the contest as well and get to the next contest.

“Not many players have those inside-mid attributes where they can get from contest to contest like Oscar can.”

Jenkins finished with a game-high six goals to take his tally for the season to 22 and the lead in the VFL goalkicking.

Jarvis kicked two, as did Francis Evans on his return from syndesmosis injury.

Geelong next faces Collingwood at the MCG next Saturday at 4:55pm, following the Cats-Magpies AFL clash.

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Geelong        6.6, 9.9, 13.11, 15.15 (105)

Coburg         1.1, 2.2, 7.5, 7.6 (48)

Goals: Geelong: J. Jenkins 6, B. Jarvis 2, F. Evans 2, L. Smith 2, D. Fort, N. Stevens, J. Johnston

Coburg: S. Lowson 2, A. Clarke, C. Ellis, L. Nelson, M. Podhajski, T. Silvestro

Best: Geelong: D. Fort, C. Constable, J. McLachlan, N. Krueger, O. Brownless, J. Thurlow