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Magpies win a classic over Eagles at the MCG

Magpie Steele Sidebottom celebrates after kicking a goal.

Magpie Steele Sidebottom celebrates after kicking a goal. Photo: Getty Images

COLLINGWOOD 5.0 7.3 11.4 17.7 (109) WEST COAST 5.2 9.5 11.10 15.11 (101)
Goals: Collingwood: J Blair 3 D Beams 2 J Elliott 2 A Fasolo B Grundy B Macaffer J White J Witts L Ball S Pendlebury S Sidebottom T Cloke T Goldsack. West Coast: J Cripps 3 D Cox 2 J Hill 2 M Priddis 2 S Hurn 2 E Yeo J Darling J Kennedy S Wellingham. 
Best - COLLINGWOOD: Pendlebury,. Beams, Lumumba, Sidebottom, Macaffer, Maxwell. WEST COAST: Priddis, Gaff, Mackenzie, Selwood, Masten, Naitanui.
Umpires: Chris Kamolins, Brett Rosebury, David Harris.
Official Crowd: 53,049 at MCG.

This game had everything. Free-flowing football. Plenty of scoring. Spectacular individual efforts. Important cameos. Controversy. And importantly as far as the black-and-white hordes desperate for their side to remain within striking distance of the top four were concerned, the right result.

It took a super effort from Collingwood, mind you, not only down two key defenders for the entire second half after losing Nathan Brown then Jack Frost, but up against a West Coast s 500

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