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Billy Higgins  April 14, 2018 3:17 PM

VFL Pies fall short in the wet Watch the 60-second recap of Collingwood's loss to Port Melbourne in the second round of the 2018 VFL season.

Collingwood was unable to continue its winning start to the VFL season, going down to Port Melbourne by 16 points in a low-scoring affair at the Holden Centre.

Heavy rainfall in the first half made handling the ball difficult and resulted in a scrappy, tight encounter. The game was a far cry from the Magpies’ 31-goal effort in round one, as they were forced to try and grind out a result in tough conditions.

The skies cleared in the second half and so did the congestion on the field. Both teams traded goals from midway through the third term, resulting in five lead changes in a far more open game.

Port eventually got the better of the see-sawing second half, finishing with three of the last four goals to earn a win in coach Gary Ayres’ 700th game in football.

Big-bodied inside midfielders Brayden Sier and Rupert Wills relished the tough conditions to be among Collingwood’s best players.

It was a tough game for Daniel Wells to return from a hamstring concern, but he performed solidly across the first three quarters before being rested in the last.

Experienced AFL-listed players Chris Mayne and Jarryd Blair each impressed for the Pies, with a goal each and plenty of good touches in the middle.

Collingwood         3.2      3.2       5.3        7.5 (47)
Port Melbourne    0.2      2.3       5.6        9.9 (63)

Goals - Collingwood: Wills, Lane, Borthwick, Jarryd Blair, Mayne, Jack Blair, McLarty
Port Melbourne: Lisle 5, Pearson 2, Anostasio, Lange