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Luke Mason  August 4, 2012 6:55 PM

Andrew Krakouer and Brent Macaffer capped off successful returns to senior football by featuring in Collingwood's 13-point VFL win over Bendigo on Saturday.

The pair, who had not played since undergoing knee surgery in February, joined Alan Didak as the three senior members of the young Magpie line-up, helping the side notch its fourth win for the season.

Coach Tarkyn Lockyer was full of praise for the returning duo who helped ensure the Pies were able to hold off their fast-finishing opposition.

"I thought that understandably both guys looked a little bit hesitant early. They certainly looked more comfortable the longer the game went on," Lockyer told collingwoodfc.com.au.

"The pleasing thing to come out of the game was to get them back and for them to get through the game unscathed".

Lockyer said that Krakouer and Macaffer's bodies had reacted well to their first competitive hitout in nearly six months.

"They pulled up quite well. They should be good tomorrow.

"To have the impact on the game that the three of them (including Didak) did, from their point of view they would be happy that they got through".

Having been through the process of returning from a knee reconstruction himself after undergoing surgery in 2003, Lockyer was able to understand the pair's plight better than most.

"They haven't played for five to six months and with the talk of how quickly they came back always means that the apprehension of 'am I right to go through that stuff' is there, but I think or hope those questions are answered as they build towards having an impact for the finals campaign in the AFL.

"They'll continue to have an impact in the VFL and if they continue to get through and build their fitness base they will put their hands up".

Lockyer was also keen to highlight Didak's contribution in his second game since tearing his adductor muscle in the opening minutes of Collingwood's victory over Melbourne on the Queen's Birthday.

"Dids was terrific. In his second game back after a fair layoff, he covered the ground much better and his leadership and communication stood out."

Others to impress for the VFL Magpies included youngsters Josh Thomas, Jonathon Ceglar, while Jackson Paine was the most productive forward on the ground, kicking five goals in the first three quarters.

Bendigo   3.4  4.7  7.14  11.16 (82)
Collingwood   3.3  7.12  12.12  13.17 (95)

Goals - Collingwood: Paine 5, Ceglar 2, Corr, Ugle, Didak, Yagmoor, Krakouer, Witts

Best - Collingwood: Smith, Hine, Paine, Wood, Thomas, Cribbin