After two strong performances in the past fortnight, Gold Coast couldn't keep up with the Pies at the MCG on Sunday.

The 18.12 (120) to 8.3 (51) result came with little fuss and not much fanfare, and condemned the SUNS to their 15th straight defeat – the club's worst ever losing streak.

It also all but assured the Pies of their spot in the top eight, a doubt that seemed ridiculous eight weeks ago but had become a possibility after a string of injuries and losses in four of their past five clashes.

A depleted Collingwood, missing the likes of Jordan De Goey (hamstring), Darcy Moore (hamstring), Tom Langdon (knee), James Aish (shoulder), Daniel Wells (knee) and Jaidyn Stephenson (suspension), filled their boots in the second half.  

Although the Pies did suffer another injury scare, with tall forward Mason Cox missing the second half with an eye injury.

It was the only sour point as the more experienced Pies overran the SUNS as they fatigued in their first trip to the MCG this season, cashing in on their work to boot eight goals to three after the main break.

Impressive young defender Jack Lukosius (21 touches) was among the SUNS' best, his foot skills an impressive feature throughout the contest, while his forward counterpart Ben King backed up last week's NAB AFL Rising Star nomination with three goals in attack.

One of them came early, as the Suns leapt out of the blocks by taking an early two-goal lead. 

But the Magpies steadied, thanks largely to Treloar, who kicked a running goal, set one up for Jamie Elliott and should have had another goal assist when he passed to Brody Mihocek, who missed the shot.

A burst from Travis Varcoe took the game away from Gold Coast. The Pies veteran booted two goals and set up another for Steele Sidebottom in a matter of minutes after quarter-time. 

They jumped to a 40-point lead late in the second term before King slotted a set shot just before the main break to keep the SUNS within touching distance.

It was only for so long, though. The Pies extended their lead to 65 points by the final change, before playing out time in the final term.


Collingwood: The eye injury to Cox was the only injury worry for the Pies. Defender Jeremy Howe required treatment for a knee injury early in the game but he returned to the field and didn't appear limited.

Gold Coast: Ruckman and co-captain Jarrod Witts limped from the field with a knee complaint in the final term.

Collingwood will head into next Saturday's clash with Melbourne expected to notch another win and stay in the hunt for a top-four berth. Gold Coast heads back to Queensland, taking on neighbours Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night.

COLLINGWOOD     4.4     10.6     16.8     18.12     (120)
GOLD COAST         3.2     5.2     6.3     8.3     (51)

Collingwood: Hoskin-Elliott 4, Varcoe 2, Elliott 2, Sidebottom 2, Mihocek 2, Treloar, Brown, Cox, Thomas, Grundy, Pendlebury
Gold Coast: King 3, Sexton 3, Day, Martin

Collingwood: Treloar, Sidebottom, Grundy, Crisp, Pendlebury, Hoskin-Elliott
Gold Coast: Lukosius, Ballard, Miller, Swallow, Sexton, King

Collingwood: Cox (eye)
Gold Coast: Witts (knee)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Dalgleish, Gavine, Glouftsis

Official crowd: 33,577 at the MCG