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VFL: High-flying Pies blitz Tigers

Recap the VFL Magpies' big win Take in the highlights and key moments from Collingwood's win over Werribee in round five of the VFL.

Collingwood’s VFL side is beginning to build belief in itself, according to coach Jared Rivers.

Speaking to Collingwood Media after his side’s 53-point win over Werribee at Avalon Airport Oval, Rivers says his team is beginning to gel and play the style of football that could see it be successful this season.

“I think we’re starting to build some belief. We’re starting to get a really good group of players together and they’re starting to enjoy playing footy together,” Rivers said.

“That’s always hard at VFL, especially with our program, to get that connection. But the attitude of the AFL boys has been first-class, and the strength of our VFL list has been super as well.

“We’re starting to build something.”

Any concerns that the Magpies’ bye week would halt the momentum gained from their win over Essendon in round three quickly dissolved. A five-goal to one opening term set the tone for the Pies and was the platform for the 15.14 (104) to 8.9 (57) victory.

Collingwood didn’t have things all their own way, despite the comfortable scoreline. Werribee wasn’t ready to give in easily on their home turf, resulting in what was at times a spiteful match.

Both teams had periods of being on top in the game, but Collingwood’s class shone through. The visitors were much more efficient going forward thanks to the likes of Daniel Wells, Alex Fasolo, and GWV Rebels recruit Callan Wellings.

Rivers expected nothing less than a hard-fought battle against the Tigers, and said it makes their win all the more satisfying.

“We knew after watching last week’s game that they were going to be pretty tough,” he said.

“I was really proud of the boys and the four-quarter effort they showed.

“Our ability to win the contest and create forward half turnovers was a really pleasing sign for us.”

The combination of veteran AFL experience and youth has proved to be a potent one for Collingwood so far this season. Rivers credited Wells and Fasolo for their on-field leadership, while reserving special praise for Levi Greenwood, in his first game back from injury.

“It’s his first game back for such a long time, back from a serious knee injury and his attitude tonight was super,” Rivers said of Greenwood.

“As a coach, you love those guys coming back with the right attitude and they’re leading the way really well for us.

“We have got such a young group, and for them to lead the way they are on the ground has been great.”

Collingwood will look to continue its form next week against Geelong on Sunday afternoon. The game begins at 11.30 at the Holden Centre, prior to the AFL clash between the two clubs across the road at the MCG later that afternoon.

Collingwood was too strong for Werribee in their twilight fixture at Avalon Airport Oval. (Photo: Shane Barrie) 

Collingwood         5.5     8.10   14.14     16.14 (110)
Werribee              1.0     5.3       6.6         8.9   (57)

Goals – Collingwood: Wellings 3, Fasolo 2, Gallucci 2, Lynch, Smith, Daicos, Chippendale, Madgen, McLarty, Close, Sier, Wells
Werribee: Corbett 4, Gribble, Hooper, Munro, DeClasse

Best – Collingwood: Mihoceck, Wellings, Sier, McLarty, Greenwood, Madgen
Werribee: Sodomaco, Collins, Gribble, McFarlane, Moloney, Corbett