Home-and-away games are about wins and losses.
Pre-season games, on the other hand, are more about lost and found.
So West Coast's hit-out against Collingwood at Patersons Stadium yesterday was not so much about the scoreboard, as disappointing as the scoreboard would have been for coach John Worsfold.
Rather it was about what both teams lost and what they found after the game.
There are no prizes for guessing which column Andrew Embley fits in. Benched halfway through the first quarter with a hamstring injury, Embley is now in a race against time to be fit for the round-one clash with Fremantle.
There is no such thing as a good time to injure a hamstring but when you are 31, coming off a season badly disrupted by shoulder problems, and an otherwise good summer is halted by injury less than three weeks from round one, it is a worse time than usual.
By the end of the game Matt Rosa was icing a hamstring. The losses were mounting.
Better news came in the finding of the old Mark LeCras.
It was rediscovery rather than a discovery because a player of LeCras' class was a good chance to come back from a knee reconstruction in good shape.
But by the time LeCras had snapped his third goal - the second classical crumb and snap off the left foot in the space of a few minutes - the Eagles were reassured that the LeCras they were getting back from a knee reconstruction was a good chance to be as good as the bloke they lost.
His fourth was a classic front and square crumb and a finish made look easy. LeCras at that point had kicked four of the last five his team had managed and was keeping them in the game.
Other discoveries the Eagles made yesterday at Patersons Stadium were not quite so pleasant.
The Eagles have shown a lot of evidence of improved depth over this pre-season.
Yesterday they found out that Collingwood have improved their depth as much, if not more.
This was a Magpies team minus somewhere between 10 and 13 of their best 22, yet they served it up to the home team, triumphing in impressive fashion.
Collingwood, too, made a rediscovery - the intensity in their forward press that they had shown in a premiership year in 2010 and a grand final year in 2011, that strangely went missing mid-season last year and consigned the Pies to a preliminary final exit.
The Eagles got wobbly in the second and third terms trying to move the ball from the back line as the Magpies piled on the pressure.
Collingwood appear to have found ruck support for Darren Jolly with Quinten Lynch's promising game and 20-year-old Jarrod Witts showing a bit.Paul Seedsman played with dash off half-back and in the midfield, and Jamie Elliott showed a fair bit, but the Pies will anxiously wait on news on a knee injury to Ben Reid.
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