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Swan sizzles in belting

Perhaps Travis Cloke's contract talks should have been shelved some weeks ago after the key forward helped Collingwood to a 120-point stroll past Greater Western Sydney on Saturday night.

Cloke has been under an ever-present spotlight this season as speculation has raged about his future, leading to some ordinary recent form for the 2011 All Australian centre half-forward.

But the Pies put talks on hold until season's end on Tuesday and Cloke responded with 21 disposals, 11 marks and six goals straight in Collingwood's 26.18 (174) to 7.12 (54) victory at Skoda Stadium.

Dane Swan also feasted on the young Giants, helping himself to 38 disposals and five goals to be best on ground, while Scott Pendlebury, Heath Shaw and Dayne Beams also impressed.

Devon Smith kicked three goals for GWS and Jeremy Cameron added two, with the prolific Toby Greene picking up 35 possessions - but it was another long night for the fledgling side.

As has often been the case this season, the young Giants were competitive early, but quickly fell away as Collingwood joined the long list of teams near the top of the ladder to enjoy a percentage boost against GWS.

Smith kicked the game's first two goals, but it didn't take the visitors long to settle, taking advantage of some poor GWS turnovers in the back half to slot seven of the next eight goals and open a 25-point quarter-time lead.

The start of the second term was then a carbon copy of the first, with the home side again kicking consecutive goals early, this time via Cameron and Jonathan Giles.

But the Pies answered in style, banging through six straight majors and holding the Giants scoreless the rest of the way to establish a 55-point lead at the main break.

Cloke had 12 touches to half-time and showed some nice vision to set up Jarryd Blair for a goal late in the first quarter.

The big forward finally got his first major when he charged from the goal square and gathered possession ahead of Phil Davis and swung onto his left, rolling the ball home from 40m.

He then kicked two more in the third term and three in the last as Collingwood shored up its place in the top four and bounced back from last week's poor loss to Hawthorn.

More to come...

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY    3.4     5.4        6.11     7.12 (54)
COLLINGWOOD                              7.5    13.11    17.14    26.18 (174)

GOALS
Collingwood: Cloke 6, Swan 5, Beams 2, Elliott 2, Goldsack 2, Dawes 2, Sinclair, Blair, Mooney, Maxwell, Shaw, Fasolo, Tarrant
Greater Western Sydney: Smith 3, Cameron 2, Palmer, Giles

BEST
Collingwood: Swan, Cloke, Beams, Pendlebury, Shaw, Elliott, Reid
Greater Western Sydney: Greene, Hampton, Hoskin-Elliott, Giles, Power, Treloar
 
INJURIES
Collingwood: TBC
Greater Western Sydney: Cornes (virus) replaced in selected side by Bruce
 
SUBSTITUTES
Collingwood: Martin Clarke replaced Caolan Mooney in the third quarter
Greater Western Sydney: Nick Haynes replaced Jonathon Patton at three quarter-time
 
Umpires: Richie, Ryan, Kamolins
 
Official crowd: 8,102 at Skoda Stadium

James Dampney covers Sydney AFL news for AFL.com.au. Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_JD

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