Collingwood into AFL Grand Final after stunning win over Richmond

Collingwood has caused a massive boilover, beating reigning premiers Richmond to advance to the AFL Grand Final.

The Tigers were clear favourites in front of a massive crowd at the MCG but were left stunned by the Pies from the opening bounce.

Collingwood scored five goals in the opening quarter to lead 32-9 at the first break, keeping Richmond to its lowest first quarter score this season.


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The Pies continued their dominance in the second quarter, extending their lead to 53 points with the Tigers having no answer.

Collingwood went to the main break leading 64-20 before Richmond showed signs of a comeback in the third quarter.

The Tigers scored four goals to two in the third quarter to reduce the Pies’ lead to 33 going into the final break.

Two goals early in the fourth quarter gave the Tigers a sniff before Collingwood then rammed home the final three goals to take the game 15.7 (97) to 8.10 (58).

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley praised his side but insists the job is far from over.

“We’re not done yet, we’ve got another game to win,” Buckley he said.

“We’ve really been strong on exploring ourselves, finding out what we’re capable of, and we still don’t know.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick admits it was a disappointing end to an otherwise great season.

“To win 18 games and your first final and probably to bow out the way we played was really disappointing,” Hardwick said.

“It was an un-Richmond-like performance.”

Collingwood now has a shot at its 16th AFL title which would see it equal Essendon and Carlton with the most premierships.

The Pies will play the winner of Saturday’s preliminary final between West Coast and Melbourne.

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