Collingwood have beaten Gold Coast by 14 points in the AFL pre-season match at Metricon Stadium.
Collingwood have produced a bizarre Jekyll-and-Hyde display to overrun Gold Coast by 14 points in their final AFL pre-season match at Metricon Stadium.
In a wildly fluctuating affair, Travis Cloke starred with six second-half goals as the Magpies came back from 41 points down at halftime for a 16.15 (111) to 14.13 (97) victory.
Comprehensively outplayed in the first half, Collingwood kicked 13 goals to four after the main break to notch their only win of the pre-season.
The rising Suns, missing Gary Ablett and chief defender Rory Thompson, punished the visitors for a lethargic, sloppy start in the 30-degree Queensland heat.
Collingwood were off colour from the outset as the home side beat them to the contest, were much harder over the ball and revelled in the wide open spaces at Carrara.
But the Magpies broke the shackles and snapped into gear in the third term as Cloke booted four for the quarter to chop the Coast’s big lead to 10.
Swans recruit Jesse White slotted two goals in the opening three minutes of the final term for the visitors to grab the lead for the first time in the match.
The lead changed twice more but Cloke, wayward in the first half, sealed the result with two more straight kicks.
The Suns did rest their two main ball-winners, Michael Rischitelli and Dion Prestia, after halftime but Collingwood’s big names came into their own with Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan lifting their acts.
Instead of the hot day taking its toll on the Melbourne club, it was the Gold Coast who wilted.
With Fremantle to meet Collingwood on Friday week, Dockers coach Ross Lyon was conspicuous high in the Metricon stands and would have wondered why he turned up in the first half.
There was little to bother him for round one until the Magpies started to get their hands on the ball and show their true colours.