BAIL DENIED: Dane Swan of the Magpies tackles Rohan Bail of the Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday.
BAIL DENIED: Dane Swan of the Magpies tackles Rohan Bail of the Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. Michael Dodgegetty Images

MCG victory moves Pies back into top four

AFL: Collingwood moved back into the top four with a 33-point win over a dour Melbourne in the annual Queen's Birthday clash at the MCG yesterday, 8.13 (61) to 3.10 (28).

The first half was a battle of defences with the Magpies leading 3.7 to 2.4 at the main break.

While Collingwood was able to maintain the pressure in the second half, the Demons managed just one more goal, finishing the game with their lowest score since 1960.

It was also Collingwood's lowest winning score since round 12, 1988. Scott Pendlebury and Clinton Young led the way for the winners in the midfield, while tagger Brent Macaffer restricted Dom Tyson to just 16 disposals for the match.

Heritier Lumumba and Paul Seedsman stood out in defence for the Magpies, and also provided plenty of run through the middle.

Skipper Nathan Jones continued his outstanding season for Melbourne, finishing with 29 possessions, six tackles and a goal.

Meanwhile, star Sydney Swans forward Buddy Franklin was found to have no case to answer by the match review panel for his high bump on Suns youngster Clay Cameron in Sunday's game at Metricon Stadium.

But Dockers small man Hayden Ballantyne has become the third player this season to have a charge referred directly to the tribunal. He was charged with rough conduct for his bump on Crows midfielder Matthew Jaensch at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.


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