Collingwood out to improve in the first round of the AFL finals.
The North Melbourne Kangaroos have taken one last positive out of their 2013 premiership campaign after beating Collingwood by 11 points at the MCG.
However, the Magpies won’t be losing any sleep about the loss as they looked to reduce the chance of injuries before their clash with Port Adelaide in the first round of the finals.
As a result, the intensity of the clash did not match what would normally be expected of football in September as the Roos ran out to 19.11 (125) to 17.12 (114) victors.
After their ninth win of the season, North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said he could not help but wonder where his side’s season might have ended up.
“Going down into the rooms after this game is really the first tome I have thought ‘what if’,” Scott said.
“Every stat you look at is pretty good, expect for wins, but our tackling is our biggest area of improvement.
“Clearly the thing that let us down is he ability to make the right decision under pressure.”
While his side won’t be taking any part in the finals, Scott beleives that Hawthorn will deserve to go in favourites for the flag.
“I’m really looking forward to this final series. Footy is in unbelievable shape,” he said.
“Hawthorn have shown they’re the best team this year and everybody will come at them.”