R12 – Western Bulldogs v Collingwood – Quarter By Quarter

Coming into this game, we were presented a tale of teams that saw them in vastly different positions.

The Pies were looking at holding it all together for another week. With a mounting injury list, a stripped back forward line, and looking like a team that was struggling to run the game out last week, they looked vulnerable.

But so too did the Dogs. They were good against the Swans for 90% of the game, but were unable to maintain the rage in the face of Chad Warner’s heroics. Without some of their own top-tier talent, and at 5-6, this was a must-win contest.

And at three-quarter time, it was anyone’s game.

The Pies had been carried by the mercurial Nick Daicos, who owned the centre clearances through the first quarter, but the Dogs needed a hero or two of their own to finish the way Daicos started.

Enter Marcus Bontempelli and Adam Treloar.

With 27 disposals between them in the last quarter, the midfield pair powered the Dogs to a five-goal quarter whilst dismissing the notion that the Pies love the close ones, holding them to a solitary behind.

With the holding-the-ball rule tightened up, it made for a fast-paced game, with plenty of heat early on. Let’s jump into HB’s Quarter-By-Quarter review of the big Bulldogs win.


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