Hawthorn have crashed Scott Pendlebury’s 250th AFL game, downing a depleted Collingwood by 24 points at the MCG.
The Hawks trailed by two points at three-quarter time on Sunday but rallied in the final term to claim an 18.10 (118) to 14.10 (94) victory.
Tom Mitchell was again a thorn in the Magpies’ side, racking up 35 disposals and booting two clutch fourth-quarter goals to seal the Hawks’ victory.
Collingwood were two men down for much of the last term with Tyson Goldsack and Darcy Moore both injured.
Goldsack was concussed after a collision which left him bleeding heavily from the nose, while Moore suffered hamstring tightness.
The Pies trailed by a goal at halftime before snatching back the lead in a fiercely contested third quarter.
But the final term belonged to Hawthorn, who had an even spread of contributors with 12 goalkickers.
The 13th-placed Hawks remain in the finals hunt after backing up their upset victory over Adelaide last week.
“The challenge for us this year is we’ve been unable to really follow up with another good performance the following week,” coach Alastair Clarkson said.
“That was important for the group, to consolidate what was a really good victory last week and to execute it again.”
The loss drops Collingwood to 15th place, with a finals berth looking unlikely.
The Pies’ transition offence was much improved from previous weeks but they were beaten at the contests and careless with the ball.
“I reckon we had colour blindness in the second half – we kicked more to them than we did to us unfortunately,” coach Nathan Buckley said.
“It made it really hard to hold field position and defend some of the turnovers that we gave, and ultimately it was too much for us to counter.”
After racking up 50 disposals last time the two sides met, Hawthorn prime mover Mitchell was again allowed to run free and made the Pies pay.
Veteran Shaun Burgoyne continued his excellent form while Ryan Burton, Luke Hodge and James Sicily were important down back.
Hawthorn also gambled with Taylor Duryea in a forward tag on Jeremy Howe and were able to restrict the influence of the Magpies playmaker.
Jordan De Goey had a career-best 32 disposals for Collingwood while the oft-maligned Mason Cox booted three goals.
Milestone man Pendlebury had 21 disposals but the Pies skipper was quiet by his lofty standards.
Magpies midfielder Taylor Adams is certain to face scrutiny from the match review panel for a clumsy elbow to the throat of Luke Breust in a second-quarter marking contest.