Jack Silvagni fights back tears as Carlton secures thrilling comeback win over Collingwood

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Jack Silvagni has fought back tears after Carlton recorded a spectacular comeback win over arch-rivals Collingwood just days after the death of his legendary grandfather, Sergio.

Silvagni kicked a goal and collected 15 disposals, battling Pies star Brodie Grundy in the ruck at times as the Blues secured a 13. 13. (91) to 9. 8. (62) win at the MCG with a furious fourth quarter surge.

Trailing Collingwood by eight points at three-quarter-time, David Teague’s side stunned the Magpies by reeling off six unanswered goals in the final term, with Coleman Medal leader Harry McKay nailing four majors himself.

Silvagni nailed his goal in the second quarter when the Blues were under siege and immediately pointed to the heavens and kissed the black armband he was wearing on his left arm in honour of the fallen Carlton icon.

After the siren, Silvagni’s emotions boiled over as he was seen in tears while being consoled by teammate Liam Stocker.

“It’s an emotional day for Jack Silvagni,” lead commentator James Brayshaw said on the Seven Network’s coverage of the match.

“Such a massive part of the family lost during the week.”

Silvagni was heavily praised on social media for putting in a performance that would have mate his late grandfather extremely proud

With co-captains Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty both out of the Carlton side, midfield star Sam Walsh put in perhaps his most dominant performance.

Walsh was unstoppable throughout the match, but was especially dominant in the final quarter and finished with a game-high 39 disposals, 15 of them contested, while operating at 80 per cent disposal efficiency.

The former No.1 pick was ably assisted in the middle by Matthew Kennedy, who added 26 disposals, seven tackles, six clearances and a goal in a well-rounded midfield performance.

Collingwood’s efforts were led by Jordan De Goey, who continued his good form in the midfield with 31 disposals and 12 marks.

The win keeps Carlton’s brief finals hopes alive with the Blues just four points adrift of the ninth-placed Essendon with a match against North Melbourne on deck next week.

Collingwood is currently scheduled to travel to Adelaide to face Port Adelaide on Friday night, but all fixtures are yet to be confirmed amid the current COVID-19 climate around the country.

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