Collingwood defeat West Coast 11.12 (78) to 12.5 (77) in nailbiter


In front of a boisterous Perth crowd the Magpies fought back in a monstrous final term to steal a gutsy road win.

The Eagles had control of the momentum entering the final term, but Collingwood erased a 16-point margin by piling on two goals and six behinds all while keeping the Eagles to only one behind.

The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Pies and keeps them locked in second spot on the ladder at 11-5 on the season.

The free-flowing nature of the first half saw 18 goals from both teams left fans salivating over the contest with many labelling it the best half of the year.

“All of a sudden we love the look of footy again!” Paul Hasleby said on AFL nation.

Eagles livewire forward Jarrod Cameron once again light up the match with a scintillating display.

Cameron quickly became a fan-favourite last weekend against Fremantle when he booted four goals from only four kicks.

In the first half he once again had four kicks and converted all of them straight through the big sticks for four goals.

But his heroics weren’t enough for the Eagles with the Magpies running riot in the final term as they piled on the pressure.

Brodie Grundy got the upper hand over Nic Naitanui in the ruck duel with the Pies star recording 31 hit-outs to his opponents 28.

Pies midfielders Adam Treloar, Steele Sidebottom and Scott Pendlebury racked up possessions with the trio registering 104 disposals.

After ripping into his team over the past two weeks and their dismal displays, credit was given to Nathan Buckley for delivering one of the best performances of his coaching career.

The Eagles could have claimed outright second spot on the ladder with the win but will be left to rue the last quarter fade out in front of a home crowd.

They sit narrowly behind the Magpies on the ladder with a 11-5 record as they look to go back-to-back in 2019.