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Marcus Wilson, AFL Media  April 13, 2018 11:12 PM

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: Taylor Walker of the Crows kicks the ball during the round four AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Collingwood Magpies at Adelaide Oval on April 13, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images/AFL Media)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: Taylor Walker of the Crows kicks the ball during the round four AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Collingwood Magpies at Adelaide Oval on April 13, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images/AFL Media)

Crows pay the price for top heavy forward line
The inclusion of Darcy Fogarty meant the Crows entered the clash with five players standing 190cm or taller. The club felt the tall targets would prove menacing despite the forecast wet weather. The decision backfired with one of the most imposing attacks in the competition delivering a rare below-par performance at home. But the slippery first-half conditions weren’t the only reason they struggled - the normally clean supply from the midfield wasn’t there either. There were just four goals between Taylor Walker, Josh Jenkins, Tom Lynch, Mitch McGovern and Fogarty.

Stephenson the round four Rising Star frontrunner
Collingwood sought advice from a cardiologist before selecting Jaidyn Stephenson with pick No.6 in last year’s draft. But the 19-year-old show plenty of heart against the Crows, proving a match-winner up forward. He kicked five goals, including a 60m bomb which gave the Pies a commanding 52-point lead in the third quarter. He then missed out on another major in the third when he strangely went with a checkside set shot from a slight angle. Stephenson's performance should see him grab the round four NAB AFL Rising Star nomination. 

Murray v McGovern – bump debate continues
Match review officer Michael Christian will be casting his eye over some third-quarter vision from Adelaide Oval after Magpie Sam Murray’s front-on bump left Crow Mitch McGovern stunned. The ball was about 10m from the Crows’ goal and the players were coming from opposite directions when the collision occurred. Murray appeared to be hunting the ball when he floored the Adelaide forward who left the ground holding his jaw. Christian’s ruling is sure to raise more debate about the bump and its place in the game. 

Welcome back Jordan
It's better late than never but Jordan De Goey’s 2018 season is finally underway. The 22-year-old got caught drink driving during the pre-season and was already facing a club-imposed ban. He then suffered a hamstring injury before finally earning his spot in the seniors after good form in the VFL. While it wasn’t a huge possession game, he showed class in his comeback, finishing with 15 touches and a goal. 

Drought ends for Pies
It’s taken five attempts, but Collingwood has finally recorded a win at Adelaide Oval. The Magpies have been competitive in their previous outings at SA’s home of football, with their biggest losing margin 19 points. It’s also the Pies’ first win over the Crows since 2013, and their biggest winning margin against them since round 21, 1996. Four goals in a row saw Adelaide eat away at a big lead, and brought back memories of last year’s draw, but this time Collingwood was able to absorb the challenge.