Magpies put on a show as they hammer the Blues at the MCG.
Carlton’s AFL finals hopes appear doomed after the injury-hit Blues suffered a 41-point loss to arch rivals Collingwood in their round-15 clash on Friday night.
Inspired by Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan who gathered 33 and 41 possessions respectively, Collingwood came from 28 points down late in the first term to win 17.16 (118) to 12.5 (77) in front of a crowd of 78,224 fans at the MCG.
The Magpies improved their win-loss record to 9-5, while the Blues (6-8) remain on 24 premiership points, three games outside the eight.
Big men Travis Cloke and Ben Reid dominated up forward for Collingwood, kicking five and four goals respectively.
The Blues kicked only five goals after quarter-time in their heaviest loss of the season.
Carlton suffered a blow when key forward Jarrad Waite limped off with a possible knee or ankle injury at the 17-minute mark of the game, replaced by substitute player Dennis Armfield.
Forward Eddie Betts was also injured during the match.
Collingwood rested premiership defender Harry O’Brien because of an ankle injury and the former All-Australian has been given several days of personal leave.
However media reports have also suggested a rift between O’Brien and coach Nathan Buckley following an argument at training earlier this week.