AFL hitouts a ‘furphy’, says Nathan Buckley after last-gasp Collingwood defeat

AFL hitouts a ‘furphy’, says Nathan Buckley after last-gasp Collingwood defeat

The Guardian

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  • Coach raises point after his team won hitouts 63-4 in loss
  • Zac Bailey’s kick after the siren hands Brisbane victory

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has labelled the hitout statistic a “furphy” after the Magpies slipped to a one-point AFL loss to Brisbane despite Brodie Grundy’s monster performance in the ruck.

Grundy was up against inexperienced Lions pair Tom Fullarton and Connor Ballenden and the Magpies won the hitouts 63-4, with Grundy notching 54 along with five clearances and 28 disposals. But despite Grundy’s dominance, Brisbane only lost the clearance count by five (35-30) and won the inside-50s 58-53, along with Thursday night’s match.

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