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VFL: Pies in good shape

Collingwood is in a good position to take on the challenges which lie ahead in the VFL season, says coach Jared Rivers.

The Magpies improved to 5-1 after outlasting a defiant Coburg, winning 10.12 (72) to 7.5 (47) at Piranha Park. It is the team’s fourth successive win.

The result leaves the Pies in second place on the VFL ladder, trailing Richmond only by percentage.

Collingwood will form a clear idea of its place in the VFL pecking order over the next month with clashes against Footscray, Richmond and Casey to some prior to its Round 11 bye.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge of playing against some really quality teams,” Rivers told Collingwood Media post-game.

“We’re 5-1, so that’s given us a really good start. The test now for us is to keep going and to keep playing our way against the really good teams in the VFL.

“It’s a really good opportunity for us to see where we’re at. I think we’re in good form and we’re starting to build something, so we’ll just see where it takes us.”

The depth of the Magpies at VFL level has held up well in the early part of the season, despite some key injuries at both AFL and VFL level. That depth could be tested further in the coming weeks, as both Jack Madgen and Matthew Smith didn’t finish Saturday’s game.

Madgen came off the ground after a head clash with Coburg’s Marcus Lentini and didn’t return, while Smith went into the rooms shortly before three-quarter time. Madgen was taken to hospital to have his injury assessed.

Rivers said Madgen's injury is suspected to be to his jaw, not a concussion. Vice-captain Smith suffered a hamstring injury.

Further updates on the severity of these injuries will come to light in the coming days.

Rivers remains confident his side is in good shape despite these setbacks.

“We’ve got some really good players who are in good form, so hopefully they can step up and play a role for us,” he said.

Marty Hore showing off some battle scars during our hard-fought win over Coburg. Photo: Shane Barrie

Collingwood         2.3    5.9    7.11     10.12 (72)
Coburg                  1.5    2.3    5.4        7.5   (47)

Goals – Collingwood: Crocker 2, Gallucci 2, McLarty, Chippendale, Mihocek, Tardew, Hellier, Wellings
Coburg: Aujla 2, Goodwin, Belo, Orr, Blair, Canolo

Best – Collingwood: Hore, Wills, Sier, Mihocek, Daicos, Hetherington