Pies up for challenging month: Buckley

Nathan Buckley makes no apologies for the quality of opponents Collingwood have defeated this AFL season but concedes the Magpies will learn a lot about their finals credentials over the next month.

The seven teams Collingwood have beaten to sit fourth on the premiership table after 10 rounds currently occupy the bottom seven spots on the ladder.

The Pies take on fifth-placed Greater Western Sydney Sydney on Sunday, then face current top-eight sides Fremantle, Hawthorn and West Coast in the month after their bye.

“Out of our first 10 … you can only play who you play,” Magpies coach Buckley said.

“I don’t know whether GWS are a genuine top four contender – I don’t know whether we are.

“But obviously games like this go some way to giving you some more information around where sides sit.”

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