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Carlton’s final credentials will truly be tested on Saturday afternoon when they host a resplendent Fremantle side looking to claim their fourth win in a row.

The Blues must win (9-4, 112.3%) to stay in touch with the top four, or else they will be in danger of falling back into a competitive pack scrambling for points in the bottom half of the eight.

The Hot Dockers (10-3, 128.5%), who have beaten Melbourne, Brisbane and Hawthorne in their past three games, only need to beat the Blues to finish Round 15 in second place after the Lions’ big loss on Thursday. night.

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While there were no late changes initially for either side, Matt Uwis was seen talking to doctors during the warm-up and had a late withdrawal due to calf anxiety.

Jesse Motlob came off 22nd as a result, with Will Starfield as the medical alternate alongside Mitch Crowden in place of Fremantle.

It was a bit of a scoring stalemate to start the game, with neither team able to bother the scorers until six minutes into the season.

That deadlock was broken by Matt Taberner, who scored near the goals box and scored the first truly in the afternoon.

An extravagant spin from Carlton near the middle of the ground opened the door for Fremantle to counterattack, which ended with a Travis Collier goal, making it two of five goals inside the 1950s for the Dockers.

Carlton started to get more chances out of his fifties, but most of them were from tricky corners and led to a late three.

Conversely, Fremantle’s 50 inside entries were more efficient and resulted in more high-ratio looks to the target, with Rory Lobb hitting 30m at a marginal angle and kicking Fremantle’s third goal in the quarter.

Carlton finally got his first goal through Harry McKay before the quarter-time whistle soon after, with Fremantle leading by nine points.

For the second consecutive quarter, a scoring stalemate unfolded in the first minutes, with the first goal coming less than 13 minutes before the clock, a goal scored by Matt Cottrell to become a three-point match.

Charlie Corneau received a free kick for the front contact and converted the set-top shot, before Jack Nunes netted a goal of his own and spread for his 200th game.

After dominating multiple KPIs for most of the match, Carlton finally began turning chances, with Lochie O’Brien next to add to the pile late in the second act, raising the side by 15 points.

Fremantle got a much-needed response via Matt Taberner, who took a contested marker on the boundary line and set off for real.

The frantic lanes of play unfolded in the final minutes, with both sides streaming across the field and attacking, before the final siren sounded as Carlton led by 15 points.

Gerard Whately called it the “magnificent madness” of the AFL Nation.

Carlton scored the first goal in the third quarter via Cottrell, but Fremantle seemed to have improved significantly around the competition and was willing to continue the game through the fairway more often.

This increased pressure and attack led to the Dockers scoring the next two goals, through Lachie Schultz and Bailey Banfield.

They had chances in more majors – including one where Nat Fife appeared to misjudge his teammate – but Carlton’s desperate defense helped reduce the damage.

Jack Silvani kicked a goal to prove matters for the Blues heading into three quarters of the time.

Some thrust and thrust between Fife and Carlton’s players included a moment when Fife put his hand on the referee’s box.

The match began at 1:45 PM EST from Marvel Stadium.

Watch it live on Fox Footy (Channel 504) and Kayo from 1pm EST.

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