Collingwood’s game plan triumphs at soggy MCG as disputed numbers improve

Collingwood stormed into the top eight with a determined win over Hawthorn on lap 12, changing the momentum in the final term.

The four point win was a lot, but also shows that the Magpies have a style that will hold up in the rain after a similar win against Fremantle.

Craig McRae’s team dominated in the 1950s, winning the tally 65-40, 9.2 above Collingwood’s 2022 average, even under the circumstances.

They also outperformed the Hawks all day, winning the contested possessions 169-140. It’s a significant stat, as it’s only the second time the Magpies have won contentious possessions since round 4 this year, so to do it by such a large margin is a clear sign of an improved effort.

Winning more matches made the Pies look better, adding to their 10 points within 50, which was ultimately the difference in the messy affair.

As they did in Sam Mitchell’s first year, the Hawks have looked to pick up the game when the opportunity presents itself, quickly and directly through accurate, aggressive kicks.

That worked for much of the season, with the Hawks exceeding many expectations but, as happened the week before, they struggled in the wet conditions.

It was especially evident in the first half, ending in the Hawks’ 92 turnovers, about 20 about their season average and 16 more than Collingwood on the day.

Although Hawthorn had opportunities early in the final game, Collingwood dominated 52 to 29 percent in the final quarter to finally prove they deserved the win.

Thanks to TopSport.

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