Port Adelaide ran rings around disjointed Collingwood to claim a 67-point victory in Sunday’s AFL clash at the MCG.
With Travis Cloke back in the Collingwood side for the first time since being dropped in April, the Magpies made a bright start on a grey day in Melbourne.
Cloke set up the opening goal of the match for skipper Scott Pendlebury with a clever handball as the Magpies jumped to an early 14-point lead.
But that was to prove to be the high point of the afternoon for the home side.
The Power led by 11 points at the first change, increasing that margin to 25 at halftime and 50 at three-quarter time.
The visitors did not let up in the final quarter either as they closed out the 19.11 (125) to 7.16 (58) win against the demoralised Magpies.
Cloke won back his spot in the Collingwood lineup after fellow forwards Darcy Moore and Alex Fasolo suffered serious injuries in last weekend’s loss to the Bulldogs.
He tried hard on Sunday but looked a player still way out of form, taking six marks without kicking a single goal.
Jake Neade and Aaron Young kicked four goals apiece and were among a host of Port Adelaide players who had the better of their opponents.
Despite the cold and damp conditions, Collingwood would have been disappointed with the small crowd of 28,567.
It was a second straight MCG loss for the Magpies who slipped to a 4-7 win-loss record ahead of the annual Queen’s Birthday clash with Melbourne.
The Power improved to 6-5 and will now return home to take on the Western Bulldogs at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday in a finals-shaping encounter.