But the victory was not without a price as the Magpies lost defender Chris Tarrant to injury.
Tarrant, 31, left the field because of a calf injury in the first quarter after just one kick but the Magpies defense was tough even without him as they managed to shut down Richmond spearhead Jack Riewoldt (zero goals) and restrict the Tigers to only four goals through to the end of the first three quarters of play.
After the game Buckley said it appeared unlikely Tarrant would be available to face the Blues in their Round 3 match-up this Friday night.
“If he can’t get through a quarter of footy, I wouldn’t think six days later he’d be right to play four,” Buckley said.
“We know it was very tight – tight enough not to have him play after quarter time.
“We’ll see how he cools down and the docs and ‘Butters’ [director of sports science David Buttifant] will go through the normal process to work out if there’s anything structurally there.”
It had been a difficult pre-season for Tarrant who, because of foot injuries, saw very limited action. He had already missed the season opener against Hawthorn, a game in which the Hawks scored 137 points, and his skills a defender may have made that match closer if he had been available.
Collingwood’s injury list has been among the longest in the competition with last week’s report listing eight players for the club.
But even as Tarrant may miss this week’s Carlton game, the team has some positive news with captain Nick Maxwell likely to make a return to action and a suspended Sharrod Wellingham becoming available for selection.
Collingwood will play traditional rival Carlton this Friday, April 13, at the MCG at 7:50pm.
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