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Magpies into 1st place in Aussie Rules football

Magpies into 1st place in Aussie Rules football

The Collingwood Magpies took over first place in Australian Rules football with a 15.10 (100) to 6.16 (52) win over St. Kilda in front of 81,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The Mapgies had lost their previous four Australian Football League matches against the Saints, who were on a seven-game winning streak going into Saturday's game.
Collingwood's rise to the top became possible on Friday when Adelaide surprised Geelong, beating the Cats 11.8 (74) to 9.9 (63). That enabled the winner of the Collingwood-St. Kilda match to move past Geelong and into top spot.
"We've won a number of big finals against (Collingwood) in the last couple of years and they've struggled to beat us, so at some point teams make a stand," said St. Kilda coach Ross Lyon.
West Coast forward Mark LeCras kicked 12 goals in one of the highlights of the AFL season as the Eagles beat Essendon 20.12 (132) to 14.16 (100). It helped the Eagles end a seven-game losing streak and extended the Bombers' losing run to six.
After 58 goals last year, LeCras has 50 goals so far this season.
Adelaide's 20-year-old forward Taylor Walker kicked four goals to lead the Crows past Geelong. A dominant Hawthorn midfield display set up a 17.16 (118) to 7.1 (43) win over the Brisbane Lions.
The Western Bulldogs beat Port Adelaide 12.11 (83) to 7.5 (47) to extend Port's losing streak to nine.
On Sunday, the Sydney Swans beat Carlton 16.11 (107) to 10.8 (68) to put the Blues' hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in danger. Sydney has a 9-7 won-loss record and is a game clear of Carlton (8-8), which is in eighth spot but has lost four of its five past matches.
North Melbourne beat Richmond 15.13 (103) to 7.11 (53). Fremantle hosted Melbourne in a later match Sunday.
The results left Collingwood in first place by two points over Geelong and St. Kilda, with the Bulldogs and Fremantle eight points back of the Magpies and tied for fifth.


Updated : 2020-11-30 04:42 GMT+08:00