AFL Finals 2019, Collingwood player ratings: Every Magpie rated in First Preliminary Final v GWS Giants

The Magpies were touted as having one of the best midfields in the competition.

But they were outmuscled and outworked when it mattered in their narrow loss to Greater Western Sydney.

We rate all 22 Collingwood players for their performances against GWS.

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1. Jaidyn Stephenson

Stephenson’s goal in the final term got the Magpie going, as they attempted an unlikely comeback. He ended with two goals from 16 touches. 5

4. Brodie Grundy

Grundy easily won the ruck battle as he outworked Shane Mumford for four quarters. He had 25 disposals and a whopping 10 clearances, giving the Magpies first use. 8

5. Jamie Elliott

The Magpie was lively in the first term as the Pies took control before the rain begun to hit. He kicked the first of the game and ended with 13 disposals. 4

7. Adam Treloar

Treloar bustled in at the contest and won 12 contested possessions. His work rate was very impressive, laying a number of crunching tackles late in the game. 6

10. Scott Pendlebury

Pendlebury lost the battle with de Boer as he was well held throughout the entire day. Without the ball, he laid nine tackles as he continued to lead from the front. 4

An all-time finish at the 'G

An all-time finish at the ‘G

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13. Taylor Adams

Adams didn’t have a handball for the entire match, looking to get the ball moving forward during the tough weather at the MCG. He gave away six free kicks and missed two shots on goal. 3

14. James Aish

Aish went missing after half time, collecting just one touch in the second half. He did lay six tackles, but was influential. 2

16. Chris Mayne

Mayne had just nine disposals in the loss as he was unable to help the Pies get the ball moving forward. 2

17. Callum Brown

Brown was another Magpie who struggled to get near the footy, ending with just nine touches on a dirty day. 2

20. Ben Reid

Reid celebrated his 150th game with an early goal. But he had just four disposals for the match as the Pies went down by four-points. 2

21. Tom Phillips

The wingman went at just 44 per cent efficiency, fighting hard in the midfield to collect 18 disposals. Not a day for outside players. 5

22. Steele Sidebottom

The star midfielder was well held in the centre as he had just 16 touches — well down on his output in 2019. 4

23. Jordan Roughead

Roughead stood Phil Davis for most of the match, not impacting the game down back. 2

24. Josh Thomas

He was largely unsighted for three quarters. But as the Magpies begun their unlikely comeback, Thomas was the man, with the forward booting two goals for the quarter — even if one was controversial. 6

25. Jack Crisp

Crisp had one stinker of a clanger with a left foot kick in the middle of the ground. But he did have the most touches of any of the midfielders, laying nine tackles and having eight inside 50s. 7

Was this a goal?

Was this a goal?

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30. Darcy Moore

Moore stood Jeremy Cameron, with the key Giant booting three goals. Moore was far from one of the Magpies’ worst. 6

32. Will Hoskin-Elliott

Bar a decent patch in the second term, Hoskin-Elliott was nowhere near the ball, ending without a goal from eight touches. 1

33. Rupert Wills

There’s no doubting that Wills loves a scrap, with the inside bull laying a game-high 12 tackles. He did his best work in close, handballing to open teammates. 5

37. Brayden Maynard

The rebounding defender was one of the best Collingwood players during the match, repelling multiple GWS attacks on the ball. Maynard had 23 disposals and eight tackles in the loss, and is one of the few players who can hold their head up high. 8

38. Jeremy Howe

Howe was mighty good in the defensive half of the ground, ending as the clear best Magpie. He took a number of crucial intercept marks and had a game-high 28 touches. 9

41. Brody Mihocek

Had donuts for three quarters, before finally getting his hands on the ball late in the game. He ended with just three tackles and two disposals. Not a pretty day. 1

49. John Noble

Who would’ve thought that Noble was one goal away from playing off in a Grand Final. The mid-season rookie draft pick had 16 disposals at just 44 per cent efficiency. 4

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