Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes believes Collingwood have no hope of conquering West Coast in Perth, saying the Pies are “making up the numbers”.
The Eagles finished fifth and host the eighth-placed Magpies this Saturday at Optus Stadium for what has been billed as blockbuster elimination final showdown between two goliath AFL clubs.
Melbourne based journalist and Collingwood fan Tony Jones thinks the Pies will be competitive but the controversial media personality Cornes predicts the match-up on game-day will be a fizzer.
“Collingwood are going to make up the numbers in this one,” Cornes said.
“They’re not winning this game.
“The travel, the quarantine, West Coast, the record in Perth is too much for the Pies to overcome.
“As much as I’ve admired what the Pies have done this year, they’re not winning this game.”
In the lead up to West Coast’s premiership in 2018, Melbourne based journalist Tony Jones famously declared that if the Eagles made the grand final it would be a “waste of a spot.”
The club would go on to claim their four cup in what was arguably the best grand final match this century.
Jones was quick defend Collingwood’s chances on Saturday at Optus Stadium, the same venue they were crushed by the Eagles by 66 points in round eight.
“Are you seriously… hang on… let’s just get this right – Collingwood is there to make up the numbers?” Melbourne based journo Jones said.
“Oh Kane, I think that’s probably the silliest thing you’ve said all year.”
The rest of the panel were far more sceptical about Collingwood’s chances.
“They’ve won seven from seven, the Eagles in Perth, so they’ll be a tough one to overpower,” Essendon great Matthew Lloyd said.