Magpies avoid possible embarrassment to win in a canter after final quarter surge.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley will sleep soundly this weekend after his side scored six goals in the final term at the MCG to ensure a 40-point win against the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
The aptly named Giants were on course for causing a giant upset as they led deep in the third quarter, and looked on the cusp of breaking their winless streak in the most amazing of fashions.
However, the difference in experience told in the end as the Pies kept their younger opponents all but scoreless in the final term, with just two points added to the away side’s tally.
Despite another loss for the Giants, half-forward Jeremy Cameron showed what he is capable of with the 20-year-old booting seven goals, with his accuracy also being crucial in keeping the pressure on the Magpies’ defensive unit.
Both sides do have injury concerns to come from the game with Sam Reid limping off for the Pies, while Will Hoskin-Elliott was stretchered off after a sickening collision, with the Giants interchange player taken to hospital after the game.
The win for Collingwood lifts them into seventh on the ladder and was a vital boost after being upset by the Gold Coast Suns last weekend.
Buckley and his men will face Essendon next weekend at the MCG, with the Bombers keen to bounce back from their lackluster performance against Hawthorn with the game looming as the biggest of the round.