We believed, says Scott Pendlebury

Irving Hamilton
September 25, 2018

Adam Treloar has explained what Nathan Buckley said to the Collingwood players when he pulled them into the rooms after singing the song.

"The times we've played Richmond this year. they were both really great games until three quarter time, and for whatever reason Richmond were too good for us in the final quarter".

"Like he said, soak it up the next 24, 48 hours, come back on Monday, obviously find out who we play tomorrow, review this game, see what we can improve on and then back on the horse again".

"We want to go and do that".

The big man lit up the near-capacity crowd at the MCG as Collingwood took an unbelievable 44-point lead into the main break, eventually running out 39-point victors.

Jordan De Goey kicked four goals while midfielder Steele Sidebottom was best afield to continue his outstanding finals series.

Tigers key forward Jack Riewoldt was a lone hand with five goals.

Collingwood were well and truly the underdogs heading into the preliminary final against the reigning premiers but no one told Cox.

That looked unthinkable 12 months ago, when Buckley survived massive pressure to keep his job. "They were probably in a similar position previous year".

Pendlebury, who was the Norm Smith medallist in the replayed 2010 grand final against St Kilda and also played in the 2011 grand final against Geelong, said Collingwood wanted to embrace rather than reject the hype.

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Richmond kicked the first two goals of the last term, reducing the margin to a gettable 21 points.

"To bow out the way we played was really disappointing, it was an un-Richmond like performance", Hardwick said.

"I don't say this lightly - I can handle losing when you play a certain way", he said.

"It wasn't through lack of effort or lack of intent, we just lost our way".

"We spoke before the game about playing our brand of footy, and we believed it was possible, " said Pendlebury.

But no-one could have predicted what happened next.

The Tigers were steamrolled by the Magpies in the first half and never recovered in what the coach described as an "uncharacteristic" night.

But Hardwick said there was no way Martin would have missed the game.

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