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Top 5 stats: Round 23

Highlights | Carlton v Essendon Watch the highlights from Carlton's Round 23 game against Essendon.

Carlton Media reveals the top-five player stats from the Blues' disappointing 24-point loss to Essendon at the MCG on Saturday:

Patrick Cripps
Game-high 10 clearances

Cripps’ 10 clearances against Essendon took him to 185 for the year – the most by any player in a home-and-away season since Brett Ratten in 1999. He had a staggering 38 per cent of Carlton’s total clearances on Saturday, but needed more support around him.

David Cuningham
Game-high six clearances

Cuningham seemed to be everywhere in the final term. In just his third game, the 19-year-old beat everyone on the ground for inside 50s (six) and showed plenty of dash and poise. 

Kade Simpson
Game-high three goal assists

Simpson capped off one of his best seasons in the navy blue with another starring performance. The 32-year-old defender found the footy 35 times and was able to drift forward to devastating effect with a game-high three goal assists.

Sam Docherty
Game-high seven bounces

On a lacklustre afternoon, Docherty provided the Blues with some much-needed spark. The rebounding defender was willing to take the game on, as proven by his game-high seven bounces – three more than Essendon’s total.

Zach Tuohy
Game high 95.8 per cent disposal efficiency

Another half-back who didn’t have his colours lowered, Tuohy had the highest disposal efficiency (95.8 per cent) of any player who had over 10 possessions. The Irishman played his 89th consecutive game on Saturday and hasn’t missed a game since Round 23, 2012.

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