LUCKLESS Collingwood forward Ben Reid has suffered another leg injury in their horror 44-point AFL loss to North Melbourne.
Reid limped off with a calf injury after just four minutes of Saturday night’s 11.15 (81) to 5.7 (37) loss at Marvel Stadium.
It is Collingwood’s lowest score since they also kicked 37 in round five, 1995.
While the Magpies will stay second on the ladder, they are now two games behind Geelong and the alarm bells are ringing loud.
Coach Nathan Buckley was unimpressed after last week’s narrow win over the Western Bulldogs and it was tough to find a Collingwood player who won his position against a Kangaroos’ counterpart.
Ominously Reid, 30, is out of contract at the end of this season. He went straight down the race and did not return to the field.
Magpies onballer Brayden Sier was also ruled out for the second half with concussion, leaving them two rotations down on the bench.
North’s Kyron Hayden also will long remember his AFL debut, but for the wrong reason.
He left the field late in the second term with an Achilles injury and also did not return.
The upset win means caretaker coach Rhyce Shaw, a former Collingwood player, boasts a 3-1 record since taking over from Brad Scott.
The resurgent Kangaroos improved to 6-8 and as of Saturday night are only one game outside the top eight.
North were outstanding and but for their inaccuracy, the game would have been over in the second term.
The Kangaroos sprayed 2.7 in the opening quarter, with tall forward Ben Brown a key culprit before he finished the game with 0.4.
But their domination meant their inaccuracy did not matter – North won the inside 50s by a whopping 64-35.
Reid, who suffered a quad injury earlier this year, impressed last week in his AFL return.
But he grabbed at his right calf after a marking contest – he did not appear to be kicked or knocked – and Reid knew straight away that he was done.
With midfielder Ben Cunnington continuing his outstanding season and defenders Sam Durdin and Robbie Tarrant rock-solid, North steadily took control.
The lead changed for the fifth and final time halfway through the second term and Collingwood only kicked one more goal for the game.
North ruckman Todd Goldstein split his duel with Brodie Grundy and given the supreme form of the Magpies big man this season, that was as good as a win for the Kangaroos.
One small piece of good news for Collingwood was defender Matthew Scharenberg, who was a late inclusion in his return from a knee reconstruction.
He came in for James Aish, who has hamstring soreness.
© AAP 2019
NORTH MELBOURNE 2.7 4.8 8.14 11.15 (81)
COLLINGWOOD 1.3 3.3 4.4 5.7 (37)
Goals: North Melbourne: J Ziebell 3 K Turner 2 L Davies-Uniacke 2 J Polec M Wood N Larkey T Thomas. Collingwood: M Cox 2 B Mihocek J de Goey T Phillips.
Umpires: Ray Chamberlain, Leigh Haussen, Alex Whetton.
Official Crowd: 38,801 at Marvel Stadium.