This week the mighty Pies travelled north to take on the competition new boys. The Giants are a strange strange organisation. They inhabit NRL heartland, possess minimal crowds and yet, their wiry little players show flashes of brilliance that suggest they will soon be a force to be reckoned with. For now however, they are not that force.
Each quarter Saturday’s game followed a predictable script: the Giants compete manfully for half the quarter, tire and wilt. Collingwood made the most of their young opposition’s fatigue and kicked away in the end for a commanding, comfortable one hundred and twenty point win. Again Dane Swan did it all and surely banked another three Brownlow votes. It may look as though he doesn’t give two hoots about footy but his output is phenomenal.
Perhaps the most pleasing element of the weekend’s result was the play of Collingwood’s own giant, Travis Cloke. After a tumultuous period of contract controversy Trav manhandled poor Phil Davis and bagged six sausages. It was great to see him peel that contractual monkey from his back and dominate an opponent like we all know he can. Pies supporters everywhere will be hoping the boys pop back down south and keep up the winning momentum against the Saints