Carlton have crashed Collingwood’s 125th anniversary party, downing their old foes by 23 points in a dominant display at the MCG.
The comprehensive 12.7 (79) to 8.8 (56) victory was their third from as many games.
The Blues were by far the more polished side in front of a bumper 70,279 crowd on Saturday .
Carlton’s top draft pick Sam Petrevski-Seton delivered the best performance of his brief career, showing remarkable composure and creativity to kick two goals and deliver 22 disposals in slippery conditions.
Skipper Marc Murphy led from the front with 30 touches, Levi Casboult booted two majors and Kade Simpson and Sam Docherty were rock solid down back.
Jamie Elliott led the Magpies with three goals but the Magpies were soundly beaten in the midfield, with skipper Scott Pendlebury and the returning Jordan De Goey among their few contributors.
So impressive during last week’s win over Geelong, the Pies reverted to form with a dismal performance which will leave coach Nathan Buckley facing renewed scrutiny.
It was the same old issues for Buckley’s men – dreadful ball movement, ineffective forward entries and a lack of composure under pressure.
The Blues led by three goals at halftime and built their lead after the break as Collingwood – playing their third game in 12 days and sorely missing Daniel Wells after his late withdrawal – continued to butcher the ball.
Consecutive goals to Elliott cut the deficit to 23 points at three-quarter time, only for Dale Thomas to rub salt in the Magpies’ wounds with a fine running goal against his old team.
The loss is bound to raise further questions about Collingwood’s forward structure – young tall Darcy Moore only had one shot at goal, which he converted midway through the final quarter.
The Pies have just two wins from their first seven games and their hopes of making the finals – which Buckley last year predicted would need to happen for him to save his job – are slipping away fast.