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Cats survives improved Eagles performance and takes an 18 point win

Geelong has held back an improved West Coast outfit to take their ninth win of the season with 18 points.

The triumph also sees Chris Scott’s men back into the top four, for what is arguably the easiest run home of all the top four contenders.

In enemy territory, the Cats struggled their way to the top early on as danger signs grew for West Coast fans who had seen their side lose seven of their last eight by more than 50 points.

But similar scenes wouldn’t follow as Adam Simpson got an enhanced effort from his troops. The crowd at Optus Stadium was so shocked by the Eagles’ four consecutive goals in the second term to set the ledger straight that they just stood there applauding.

They took the lead by a point early in their third term, but were 66 seconds in front when Geelong immediately struck back through Isaac Smith.

Key striker Tom Hawkins also scored his 700th goal in the Premiership quarter, finishing with 3.2 from ten possession.

Despite much momentum in the final term, West Coast missed their chances, but the Cats did enough when the game was on the line to leave Perth with the precious four points.

Attention now turns to the seriousness of Jeremy McGovern’s rib injury.

The Eagles were their best team for just over 15 minutes this season until McGovern was cleared by a knee of Geelong’s Jeremy Cameron. The 30-year-old struggled to get up and was submerged shortly after.

He missed games earlier this year with a back injury, but has been the West Coast’s most consistent player this season when they hit the field.

Despite the fate that awaits McGovern, the West Coast finally got the ducks in a row on Saturday and the result was much better than many feared.

McGovern was joined in the ins by Elliot Yeo (22 disposals, nine points), Willie Rioli (12 disposals, one goal) and Luke Shuey (20 disposals, five tackles), with further troops returning later in the season.

TOTAL SCORE

west coast: 2.3, 6.5, 8.6, 9.9. (63)

Geelong: 4.4, 6.5, 11.6, 12.9. (81)

GOALS

west coast: Cripps 2, Waterman 2, Kennedy 2, Petruccelle, Rioli, West

Geelong: Stengle 3, Hawkins 3, Menegola 2, Smith, Duncan, Cameron, Close

BEST

west coast: Rescue, Cripps, Aquarius, Barrass, Gaff

Geelong: C. Guthrie, Menegola, Atkins, Stengle, Tuohy

Injuries

west coast: McGovern (Ribs)

Geelong: N/A





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