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Five things we learned against the Pies

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: Jarrod Cameron and Josh Kennedy of the Eagles celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2019 AFL round 17 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at Optus Stadium on July 12, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos)
Jarrod Cameron booted four goals against the Magpies on Friday night

1. It’s hard to win when the ball spends most of its time inside the opposition forward half, particularly when it’s a tight contest. For most of the last 40 minutes Collingwood surged forward and the Eagles, usually so good on the counter-attack, struggled to get the ball out of the danger zone. The result was a solitary behind from the middle of the third term to the final siren.

2. Eagles fans have really enjoyed the introduction of young forward Jarrod Cameron and for the second week in succession he bagged four goals. Again he kicked three of them in a purple patch. Last week against Fremantle it was in the third quarter, this week it was the opening term. Aside from his goal-kicking, he has also been noticed for his defensive skills.

3. The contested possession count is not the be-all and end-all, but it is a pretty good indicator. At half-time when the Eagles led by a couple of goals, they held a slight advantage in the contested possession count. At the end of the game, Collingwood led won by a point and took a +30 win in contested football.

3. The defensive work of Lewis Jetta was exceptional. A free-wheeling wingman/half-forward early in his career, he has been deployed in the back half for a couple of seasons and has developed his defensive skills. Being an elite user of the ball is one important element, but he won some vital one-on-one battles against the Pies.

5. The Eagles will be hoping that the adductor strain to forward Jamie Cripps is at the minor end. Cripps is an important factor in the Eagles structure, working so hard up and down the ground and providing a valuable outlet from defence. No one covers the ground better than he does and his energy was certainly missed in the last half of the game.