Enigmatic Adelaide forward Josh Jenkins kicked four goals in a 21-point upset win over Collingwood in Thursday night’s AFL match.
The Crows squared their win-loss record at four-four with a 10.16 (76) to 7.13 (55) victory before a sellout 50,051-strong crowd at Adelaide Oval.
Jenkins was the difference, slotting three of his goals in a purple patch in the second term, while his teammate Richard Douglas booted two goals.
Onballer Patrick Dangerfield (32 disposals, including 20 contested possessions) was outstanding for Adelaide and defender Brodie Smith (25 touches), first-gamer Charlie Cameron and rugged midfielder Scott Thompson (31 possessions) were influential.
Collingwood, now with five wins and three losses this season, were brilliantly led by captain Scott Pendlebury (33 disposals) and his midfield colleague Dayne Beams (30 possessions).
But the Magpies struggled for attacking threats – they couldn’t find a multiple goalkicker and kicked just one major in the last half.
Collingwood, driven by Pendlebury and Beams, opened strongly to create a 3.3 to 1.4 lead at quarter-time.
Skipper Pendlebury shrugged his tagger Sam Kerridge to collect 11 disposals in the opening term and the creative Beams gathered 10 touches in ominous signs for the Crows.
Beams doubled his possession tally in the second quarter but Adelaide hit back as their tall forward Jenkins slotted three goals.
Jenkins stole the spotlight from his attacking partner Taylor Walker, playing his first game in more than a year after having a knee reconstruction.
Walker roamed up the ground but appeared rusty, scoring just four points – three in the final term.
Collingwood led 6.6 to 5.6 at halftime before a defining rally from the Crows produced the initial three goals of the third quarter.
Impressive debutant Cameron scored one of the goals and Jenkins potted his fourth to help the Crows to a 14-point lead at the final change, although there was controversy over whether he had managed to get boot to ball before the three-quarter-time siren.
Adelaide extended their lead seven minutes into the last term when Eddie Betts goaled – the only major in a gruelling final stanza as the Magpies missed a series of shots to cruel their winning chances.