Alarm bells for big Ben

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Collingwood Magpies dominate West Coast Eagles in 20 point NAB Cup win on Sunday.

Magpie Ben Reid limps off with an injury. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper Source: PerthNow

COLLINGWOOD big men Ben Reid and Travis Cloke suffered injury scares as an under strength Magpies outfit overcame West Coast in the NAB Cup clash at Patersons Stadium last night

Cloke shrugged off a leg problem to kick a nine-point supergoal in the final term to ensure Collingwood got up before the Pies raced to the airport to fly home immediately following the game.

The 20-point win showed off Collingwood's depth and ensured it joined Carlton, Brisbane and North Melbourne as the unbeaten teams in the pre-season competition ahead of a virtual semi-final against the Lions at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Harry O'Brien on the charge. Source: Getty Images

In a mouthwatering potential NAB Cup grand final scenario, Mick Malthouse could coach against his former players in a Carlton-Collingwood blockbuster that would delight the AFL.

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The disappointing Eagles, who fielded the more experienced outfit, suffered an injury blow of their own with Andrew Embley subbed out with a torn hamstring.

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Defender Mitch Brown, who was denied a move to St Kilda in the off-season when West Coast refused to let him go, came off with a knee injury in the last quarter but returned to the field.

Quinten Lynch up against his former side West Coast. Source: Getty Images

Midfielder Matt Rosa was sporting ice on his left hamstring after being taken out of the match but it was believed to be precautionary.

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In better news for West Coast, comeback forward Mark LeCras starred with four goals after missing the entire 2012 season.

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Collingwood handed chances to six rookie-listed players but it was midfield general Scott Pendlebury who shone brightest, finishing with 27 touches and five clearances.

Eagle Scott Selwood leads the charge against the Pies.Picture: Justin Benson-cooper Source: PerthNow

Reid grabbed at his right knee immediately after a third-term contest and limped from the field.

He was assessed by medicos in the interchange area before being fitted with the red vest and going to the rooms.

Cloke, who was held goalless by Eagles defender Eric Mackenzie in Collingwood's 13-point victory in last year's semi-final, was again shut out of the contest as he suffered an injury scare in the first half.

Quinten Lynch returns against his old side. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper Source: PerthNow

Cloke, who finished with two goals, came off to get strapping on his upper right leg in the second quarter but returned to the field.

Free agency pickup Quinten Lynch had a mixed game but offered typical heart and physical presence in his return to Subiaco.

Evergreen veteran Ben Hudson, 34, battled manfully in the ruck against West Coast star Dean Cox before being subbed out at half time to give youngster Jarrod Witts his chance.

Luke Shuey and Mark LeCras of the Eagles celebrate a goal against the Pies. Source: Getty Images

Hudson assumed his second role as a ruck coach during the second half and spoke to Witts and Lynch at three-quarter time.

Embley was substituted out of the match in the opening quarter after hurting his right hamstring and cast a distressed figure as he watched the rest of the game from the bench.

The 31-year-old, who missed a large chunk of last season with a shoulder injury, is set to miss the highly-anticipated Round 1 western derby against Fremantle on March 23.

Nick Maxwell leads Collingwood out against West Coast. Source: Getty Images

LeCras kicked the opening goal of the game and continued his strong return from a knee reconstruction in February last year by spending time in the midfield.

The Magpies were kick started by a nine-pointer from Dane Swan and went goal for goal with the home side throughout the first term.

Collingwood booted the first three goals of the second quarter, including a supergoal to the unheralded but influential Paul Seedsman, to open up a 16-point lead before LeCras helped haul his side back into the contest with his second and third majors before half-time.

Magpie Heath Shaw bursts clear at Patersons Stadium. Source: Getty Images

The Magpies lead by 14 points at the final change but did not take full advantage of their third-term control against a sloppy Eagles outfit.

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