The Pies picked up their first ever win at Adelaide Oval as they dismantled the Crows in wet and wild conditions.
Collingwood led all day and walked away 48-point winners
Here’s everything you need to know!
The Talking Point: Adelaide’s leaders found wanting
Adelaide’s leadership group was missing in action as Collingwood ran all over the Crows.
Across the first three quarters, when the game was on the line, Taylor Walker, Rory Sloane, Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins and Tom Lynch all had close to no impact on the game.
None had more than 15 disposals going into the final term and Walker in particular only had nine disposals and a goal that was gifted to him after Mitch McGovern was unable to take his set shot.
Sloane only had one kick to his name in the first half, the lowest he’s had since his very first game of footy.
In torrential rain, the Pies went in harder and Adelaide’s leaders had no answer.
“Don Pyke has done absolutely nothing from the coaches box tonight,” Cornes said.
Cornes: Tonight is probably one of the strangest selection moves I’ve seen. With the conditions, it’s a strange call how tall the Crows are#AFLCrowsPies
— AFL Nation (@AFLNation) April 13, 2018
The star: Brodie Grundy
AFL Nation expert Kane Cornes believes Brodie Grundy is the best ruckman in the game and his performance tonight in difficult conditions against the Crows highlights just why.
“He’s killed them tonight. They couldn’t stop him,” Cornes said.
“I haven’t seen Sam Jacobs beaten like this for two years.”
Grundy finished with 40 hit-outs, 33 disposals and 12 clearances.
He also kicked a brilliant un-ruckman-like goal on the run that you can see below.
What a run from Brodie Grundy!
— AFL (@AFL) April 13, 2018
Blight: Collingwood is BACK
Successive Friday night victories has Collingwood back on track according to premiership coach Malcolm Blight.
“I think Collingwood are back. They could win their next three games. The way they’ve played tonight has been exceptional,” Blight said.
The Pies face Essendon on ANZAC Day, Richmond and Brisbane at the Gabba in what will be a massive three weeks.
Grundy and Sidebottom wow #AFLCrowsPies
— Kane Cornes (@kanecornes) April 13, 2018
The Young Gun: Jaidyn Stephenson
Jaidyn Stephenson had an absolute night-out for the Pies, showing everyone that he’s going to be a star of the future with a five-goal performance.
Stephenson was in all the right places inside 50 and showed finishing ability beyond his years.
After he kicked his third goal half way through the second term, Cornes had some big praise for the top 10 draft pick.
“How good is he going to be? He’s electric and he’s got speed,” Cornes said.
— AFL (@AFL) April 13, 2018
Eddie Betts has had an awful start to the year and it only gets worse as he appeared to suffer a hamstring injury in the third quarter.
AFL Nation boundary rider Ben Cameron reported that Betts had four trainers around him at one point working on the hamstring.
Betts didn’t return to the ground and had ice on his hamstring.
David Mackay also suffered a concussion, while Ben Reid finished the game with ice on his knee from a Collingwood perspective.
Adelaide will need to rebound from this poor performance against Sydney next Friday night at the SCG. Another loss would hurt, but beating the Swans at home is never easy.
Collingwood meanwhile have the biggest game on their calendar with the ANZAC Day match against the Bombers on Wednesday.
Adelaide: 1.1, 3.2, 6.3, 9.4. (58)
Collingwood: 5.2, 8.5, 11.9, 16. 10 (106)
Adelaide: McGovern 2, Walker 2, Gibbs 2, Atkins, Ellis-Yoleman, Seedsman
Collingwood: Stephenson 5, Thomas 2, Hoskin-Elliott 2, Grundy, Varcoe, Aish, Phillips, De Goey, Crocker, Reid
Adelaide: Gibbs, Seedsman, Laird, Ellis-Yoleman
Collingwood: Grundy, Sidebottom, Stephenson, Treloar, Phillips, Dunn
Adelaide: Betts (hamstring), Mackay (concussion)
Collingwood: Reid (knee)
Official crowd: 45,495 at Adelaide Oval