Collingwood has gone down by 19 points in its Round 15 VFL clash against Frankston at Kinetic Stadium.

The Pies started the contest well, kicking four first-quarter goals to take a slender lead into the first break, with all goals coming from different players.

It was a six-goal to two second term in favour of the Dolphins when play resumed, with Liam Purcell and Ash Johnson for a second time the Pies players able to hit the scoreboard. 

The third quarter was almost controlled by the Dolphins, as the Pies trailed by five goals going into the final term.

A fourth quarter surge threatened to see Collingwood regain the lead, as the Pies kicked multiple goals through Johnson who finished with five, however they ultimately went down by 19 points.

Sullivan and Bytel rack up the ball

With SSP-selections Lachie Sullivan and Jack Bytel playing together at VFL level for the first time since Round Five, the Pies had one of their strongest midfields of the season so far in Round 15.

Sullivan, who has played the last eight games at AFL level, came back into the side on Sunday and made an immediate impact, collecting 10 disposals in the opening term. 

Bytel was typically diligent too, running hard through the midfield and along the wings to consistently distribute the ball inside fifty.

Racking up 57 disposals between them (Sullivan 28 and Bytel 27), the pair showed their class.

Smit impresses with ruckwork and pressure 

While he was the most prolific ruckman on the day in terms of hit outs, it was mid-season draftee Iliro Smit's pressure and tackling around the contest that impressed on Sunday. 

The 200cm tall led the way across the ground at halftime with six tackles, as he controlled the contest around the stoppages he was involved in. 

He finished with 35 hit outs and four clearances from his 10 disposals.

Schreiber continues to build form

Key defender Kaden Schreiber played arguably his best game since returning from a long-term knee injury on Sunday.

He collected a season-high 15 disposals as he patrolled across the half back line consistently.

He also clutched four marks and countless spoils to help his teammates in defensive fifty. 

Wilson thrives in unfamiliar role 

Having played the majority of his now 166-game VFL career as a midfielder or forward, veteran Tom Wilson played an apt role off half back on Sunday afternoon.

While it wasn't his most prolific day in terms of statistics, Wilson's poise and experience provided a calm demeanour in the defensive fifty.

The Pies will take on Geelong next Saturday at Victoria Park.

FRANKSTON     3.4     9.8      11.12        13.16 (94)  
COLLINGWOOD              4.3     6.4     7.6     11.9 (75)

Collingwood: Johnson 5, Purcell, Mulvogue, Longmire, Eyre, Macrae, Mahoney