Huge AFL Test Awaits Rejuvenated Magpies
Collingwood have got their mojo back but an enormous test awaits with just four days to prepare for a showdown with reigning AFL premiers Richmond.
The Magpies were far too good for Essendon in the Anzac Day clash, claiming their third straight win with a 14.17 (101) to 7.10 (52) routing in front of 91,440 fans.
There was plenty to like for the Magpies, who were able to sustain the attacking fluency and speed that was so impressive during last week's emphatic win over grand finalists Adelaide.
By any measure, the Pies are playing with a swagger that was desperately lacking during their miserable 2017.
But coach Nathan Buckley is taking nothing for granted ahead of his side's return to the MCG on Sunday to face the ladder-leading Tigers.
"Confidence is a minute-to-minute thing," Buckley said.
"We've got a bit more belief, we've definitely got some more sustained and consistent form behind us and we're probably a little bit more settled than we have been in previous years.
"We're now looking to test ourselves."
The Magpies fielded an unchanged line-up for the Anzac Day clash but could welcome back several big-name players from injury with Taylor Adams, Jamie Elliott, Daniel Wells and Darcy Moore among potential inclusions for Sunday's game.
Either way, Buckley is well aware of the challenge posed by the Tigers, who ran rampant against Melbourne on Anzac Eve and are on an 11-game winning streak at the MCG.
"They know who they are, they know how they want to play," Buckley said.
"There's no surprises with what you're going to face.
"In time, we'd like to be a side that you're not surprised about what you're going to get from us either, but we've still got a way to go."