Kennedy leads Eagles to fifth-straight win

02 August 2020 19:29:48 GMTPlus10

A four-goal haul from Josh Kennedy put him atop the Coleman Medal standings and helped West Coast beat Geelong by nine points.

Kennedy booted three majors in the final term to lead the Eagles to a 11.7 (73) to 10.4 (64) win - their fifth in a row.

He has now kicked 11 goals in just two games, moving two clear in the AFL's goalkicking chart.

Kennedy took just 16 seconds to kick the first of his goals, but then barely touched the ball until the fourth quarter.

He got on the end of a Tim Kelly pass for his second, with his third goal getting the Eagles back within two points.

That was after Geelong took a 16-point lead into half-time, having controlled the tempo with expert ball movement and disciplined defence.

Chris Scott's side took the lead in the opening term and didn't relinquish it until Jack Darling's goal in the fourth quarter.

West Coast secured the win when Jamie Cripps opted to put the ball at the top of the goalsquare and Kennedy timed his jump perfectly to snatch the ball from the air.

Nic Naitanui continued his remarkable return to form for the Eagles, finishing with 12 hitouts to advantage, four clearances, six score involvements and 10 disposals.

The 2012 All-Australian was particularly dominant in the second half against the Cats' makeshift ruck combination of Esava Ratugolea and Mark Blicavs.

Scott said: "I'm not saying you can't compete with him, but we've just got great respect for the champion he is.

"I think the shortened games really help him (and) the centre-bounce rules help him but it's hard not to be mesmerised with some of the stuff he can do."

Meanwhile, Geelong areĀ 1.30 to win their next game against North Melbourne, who are 3.70.

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