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Team of the week: round 16

COLLINGWOOD produced the boilover of the round by toppling Greater Western Sydney, and three Magpies have been selected in the AFL's Team of the Week, brought to you by Accor Hotels.

Veteran Travis Cloke had his best game all season to help his side to a 32-point win after it trailed by four goals at the first break, with youngsters Brodie Grundy and Taylor Adams also fantastic at Spotless Stadium.

Cloke was a dominant presence inside 50 for the Pies, while Grundy and Adams led Collingwood's midfield revival after they started slowly against the Giants.

Hawthorn, Adelaide and Melbourne also have three players each in this week's 22.

Experienced Hawks Luke Hodge, Cyril Rioli and Jordan Lewis were in good touch against Port Adelaide, while Crows defenders Jake Lever and Rory Laird, plus midfielder Rory Sloane found plenty of the footy against Carlton, and the Demons were well represented by Jesse Hogan, Tom McDonald and Jack Viney in their win over Fremantle.

The Sydney Swans and Essendon have two players apiece, while the Western Bulldogs, Carlton, Gold Coast, Richmond, St Kilda and West Coast have one selection in this week's team.

DANE RAMPE (Sydney Swans) – Strengthened his All Australian credentials with a quality game against the Cats, finishing with 23 disposals and eight rebound 50s.

MICHAEL HARTLEY (Essendon) – The Bombers youngster shut down dangerous Saint Josh Bruce in a brilliant defensive performance, and had 20 one-percenters.

JAKE LEVER (Adelaide) – Part of an underrated Crows' backline, the athletic defender had 26 disposals against Carlton at 73 per cent efficiency, and eight one-percenters.

RORY LAIRD (Adelaide) – Another dominant game for the rebounding small man. Laird had 35 touches, 14 of those contested, and nine rebound 50s, five more than any other Crow.

TOM McDONALD (Melbourne) – Melbourne's best key defender took 10 marks, had 11 one-percenters and picked up 31 disposals against Fremantle. 

LUKE HODGE (Hawthorn) – The veteran Hawk was at his best against Port, setting things up across half back with 29 disposals, 10 marks and seven clearances.

LUKE SHUEY (West Coast) – West Coast's hard runner had nine clearances and six tackles, as well as 29 touches against North, 16 of them contested.

DUSTIN MARTIN (Richmond) – Just about the most in-form midfielder in the game right now, Martin was again brilliant against the Dogs with 38 possessions, eight clearances and six inside 50s.

ZACH MERRETT (Essendon) – One of Essendon's brightest young stars was again outstanding with 36 possessions, seven clearances, five tackles and a goal.

KIEREN JACK (Sydney Swans) – The co-captain responded to a tough week in perfect fashion with 24 touches, 10 tackles, five clearances, and three vital goals.

TRAVIS CLOKE (Collingwood) – The much-maligned Pie turned back the clock with 12 marks, five of them contested, and added four goals from 20 disposals against GWS.

DENNIS ARMFIELD (Carlton) – Returned from a nasty injury and produced a stunning solo effort against the Crows to keep the Blues in the game in the first half with four goals.

CYRIL RIOLI (Hawthorn) – It was a typical 18-possession masterpiece from the star Hawk, who also had eight clearances and booted three goals for the winners.

JESSE HOGAN (Melbourne) – The West Australian proved too strong for the Dockers, his 12 marks, 20 possessions and four goals another quality display.

PETER WRIGHT (Gold Coast) – The NAB Rising Star nominee continued his form against the Lions and kicked five goals from 12 marks and 20 possessions in the QClash.

 

BRODIE GRUNDY (Collingwood) – One of the few ruckmen to get the better of Giants star Shane Mumford in recent seasons, Grundy had 26 possessions, 28 hit-outs and a goal. 

RORY SLOANE (Adelaide) – The Adelaide midfielder continued his amazing run this season with 34 possessions, 20 of them contested, 10 clearances and eight tackles against Carlton.

JACK STEVEN (St Kilda) – The running machine produced some astounding numbers against the Bombers, with 41 touches, 22 contested, 12 clearances, 12 tackles, nine inside 50s and a goal.

JORDAN LEWIS (Hawthorn) – Another experienced Hawthorn star to have a big influence against the Power, Lewis had 25 possessions at 84 per cent efficiency, and six clearances.

TAYLOR ADAMS (Collingwood) – The former Giant blitzed his old teammates in Collingwood's upset win, having a game-high 31 disposals and 10 clearances in Sydney.

MARCUS BONTEMPELLI (Western Bulldogs) – The gun Bulldog helped his side to a tight win over Richmond with 25 touches, which included 16 contested, and also had nine clearances, eight tackles and two goals.  

JACK VINEY (Melbourne) – Melbourne's hard nut had 29 possessions, 14 of them contested, and added eight inside 50s, seven tackles and six clearances against Freo.

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