One round into the new AFL season, the Pies already have issues.
Their forward line isn’t firing, they’ve got personnel problems in the forward line and the midfield and they looked off the pace against the Bulldogs.
This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson discuss Collingwood and the big test for Nathan Buckley this year.
With a big Thursday night clash looming against old rivals Carlton, who showed good signs against Richmond, where will the goals come from? Is it time for Mason Cox to take over ruck duties at centre bounces? What can the coaching staff pull off with fewer player resources at hand? And will the rule changes disadvantage Collingwood and Buckley, given their game style?
Also this week, the bump is back in the spotlight after Patrick Dangerfield’s collision with Jake Kelly. What sort of punishent will Dangerfield be given by the tribunal? What does it say about the circumstances in which you can bump and when you can’t? And should there be any debate about the situation at all?
The panel also discusses the injury sub and how it worked in round one, where the AFL could change the rule to improve it and the devastating news of Suns star Matthew Rowell’s knee injury.
It was a round of upsets, none bigger than 2020 wooden spooners Adelaide beating the grand finalist Cats. Can Geelong rebound against the Lions on Friday night? And which Crow appeared to be the biggest beneficiary of the new rules this season?
Meanwhile, it was a tough weekend for Essendon fans. Not only did they sit through a tight loss to arch-rivals Hawthorn, several former Bombers starred for their new teams. In a development year, the Bombers’ willingness to take the game on was good to see. But there were worrying gaps in defence as well.
Plus, the signs that show the Swans are moving on from the Buddy Franklin era, why there is pessimism around the Giants this season, promising signs for Melbourne and the best off-season pick-ups and how they impressed for their new clubs.
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