A wayward Brisbane Lions outfit prevailed by 37 points against the struggling Adelaide Crows in an AFL win punctuated by more injury concerns for captain Dayne Zorko.
- Brisbane kicked 23 behinds among its 33 scoring shots against the Crows
- The Lions hold a 3-1 win-loss record following the victory at the Gabba
- The Crows are yet to win a match this season
The Lions dominated to lead by 40 points at half-time at the Gabba, but were almost made to pay for their wastefulness when the winless Crows kicked four-unanswered goals to get within 16 in the third term.
But, after seven consecutive behinds, Brisbane’s Zac Bailey kicked straight and Daniel Rich skipped one through from 60 metres out, as the hosts shot away to a 10.23 (83) to 7.4 (46) win.
Zorko missed last week’s defeat of West Coast with a similar injury and his return was short-lived, limping off to have his calf strapped as half-time loomed.
Lachie Neale (0.5) and Hugh McLuggage (1.5) managed 10 behinds between them to offset an inside-50 count more than double that of their rivals.
A third straight victory moves Brisbane (3-1) to equal second on the ladder behind the unbeaten Port Adelaide. The two teams will face each other at the Gabba next Saturday night.
Crows skipper Rory Sloane looked to roll his ankle but completed the match, while second-gamer Will Hamill (concussion) was a casualty and emerging forward Darcy Fogarty was a late scratching after hurting his shoulder on Friday at training.
Those injuries heaped more misery on a Crows side, flogged last week by Gold Coast and still facing two more weeks in their Queensland hub.
Brisbane showed no sympathy early, handling some early Crows starch before kicking away thanks to grunt work from Mitch Robinson (12 contested possessions), Jarryd Lyons (24 disposals), Neale (31 touches) and defender Ryan Lester.
Former Crow Charlie Cameron enjoyed the return of 8,312 vocal spectators, taking a huge final-quarter mark and employing his trademark handlebars celebration after a second goal.
Lincoln McCarthy was the early target up front, twice marking strongly to produce goals, while Eric Hipwood (two goals) was also accurate.
The Lions’ pressure dropped in the third term, with under-fire Crows forward Taylor Walker kicking two goals and setting up another to flip the script.
That spurt gave Crows fans something to cheer about before normal service resumed in the final term, with Cam Ellis-Yolmen profiting with a late goal against his former club.