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Buckley brilliant as Pies beat Dogs

By Roger Vaughan 24/07/2004 09:50:16 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley reminded the AFL of his brilliance as his side beat the Western Bulldogs by 49 points at Telstra Dome.

Buckley, who struggled earlier this season with persistent hamstring trouble, was best afield and kicked two last-term goals when the game was still in the balance, as the Magpies won 17.13 (115) to 8.18 (66).

Collingwood kicked the last five goals to turn a scrappy, hard-fought game into a blowout.

The Bulldogs have not won since round 12 and looked like they had forgotten how to secure four premiership points.

They had plenty of chances to pile the pressure on injury-plagued Collingwood, but missed too many easy shots on goal.

Collingwood secured the game 11 minutes into the last quarter.

With the Bulldogs pressing and the margin only 14 points, Luke Darcy took a mark in front of goal.

But his opponent was paid the free for interference and the Magpies quickly moved the ball down the ground for Tristen Walker to goal.

Collingwood looked in control at halftime and should have been in front by more than 19 points.

The Bulldogs then kicked four goals to three in the third term to make the game a contest, trailing by 12 points at the final break.

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