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Dockers surge past Pies



Fremantle has kept it's top 8 hopes alive, defeating Collingwood by 12 points at Docklands on Saturday.


The Dockers lost captain Nat Fyfe (shoulder) before the bounce and coughed up a four-goal lead during the second half, falling behind when Collingwood threw caution to the wind in the final term.


But two late goals from Fyfe's replacement Brett Bewley and another from Lachie Schultz helped Fremantle post an important 14.7 (91) to 12.7 (79) victory.


It snapped a seven-match losing streak at the venue and saw the Dockers draw level on wins with eighth-placed Richmond ahead of a meeting with Carlton next week.


David Mundy (28 disposals) and Andrew Brayshaw (24) played important midfield roles for Fremantle and emerging ruckman Sean Darcy did well in an arm wrestle with Brodie Grundy, winning a game-high nine clearances.


Matt Taberner hobbled off with a knee injury before halftime but Rory Lobb took over as the No.1 target in attack, kicking three goals.


Schultz also booted three majors, while young goal-sneak Liam Henry chimed in with two and showed plenty of composure in the dying stages.


There were concerns over Luke Ryan after he copped an accidental boot to the head while attempting to smother a Brody Mihocek snap shot, but the defender passed a concussion test.


Ryan and Griffin Logue stood up in defence for the Dockers as Alex Pearce returned from a long injury lay-off.


After favouring slow ball movement for most of the day, Collingwood went on the attack in the final quarter and kicked three quick goals to level the scores.


Henry landed a steadier for Fremantle after a contentious free kick and 50-metre penalty against Brayden Maynard.


But the Magpies came again, with Grundy putting them in front before Bewley and Schultz combined to steer the Dockers home.


"We stood up under pressure in that last quarter," Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir said.


"We knew they would come and when they hit the front we didn't seem flustered.


"We stayed on task, we were able to execute our roles and it's a sign of a bit of maturity.


"It shows a bit of confidence in being able to execute what we train and a large part of that is the mental game."


Taylor Adams and Scott Pendlebury were influential for the Magpies in the midfield as Grundy, Josh Thomas and Trent Bianco kicked two goals each.


The loss spoilt Robert Harvey's first match as caretaker coach of the Pies, having assumed the role following Nathan Buckley's departure earlier this month.


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