The Brisbane Lions have ended their six-year losing streak against Collingwood but the eight-point victory was soured by a hamstring injury to All-Australian defender Harris Andrews.
- Harris Andrews left the field in the third quarter and will be in a race against time to prove his fitness for the finals
- The Lions are level with Port Adelaide on 44 points, but trail the ladder leaders because of an inferior percentage
- Collingwood is in sixth place on the ladder
Andrews limped off in the third quarter but the Lions pushed on in a grinding 6.6 (42) to 5.4 (34) win at the Gabba that lifted them back up to second on the AFL ladder.
Both they and Port Adelaide have 44 points with identical 11-3 win-loss records, however the Power are in top spot courtesy of a superior percentage.
The Magpies stay in sixth position on the ladder with 34 points.
With three matches to go in the home-and-away season, Andrews is in a race to regain fitness before another finals tilt.
Andrews is arguably the Lions’ most important player, given his ability to take intercept marks and then slingshot his side forward.
The Lions were able to hang on without Andrews on Friday night after their 26-point lead in the third term whittled down as the Magpies kicked the last three goals of the match.
The Magpies edged the Lions in inside 50s (41-33) and contested possessions (136-114), with the home side’s five-goal burst in the second term proving the difference.
Collingwood’s Ed Phillips (hamstring) joined a casualty list that also included Lions’ second-gamer Tom Fullarton (quad).
Jarrod Berry and Jarryd Lyons made the early running for the Lions, who overcame some kicking yips to drill four straight majors among a five-goal second term to set up the win.
Tempers also flared in the second stanza when Brayden Maynard knocked down Mitch Robinson, who had purposely tangled with the fallen John Noble after a Hugh McLuggage goal.
Lyons pushed Brisbane ahead in the third term, with what would be their final goal of the match, but it was back to a 20-point margin at three-quarter time when Callum Brown snapped truly.
Brody Mihocek had kicked a goal early in a sharp first quarter for the Magpies, but he dropped an easy mark alone in the goal square to start the final term.
Jamie Elliot chimed in though as Collingwood pressed, with Mason Cox soccering through a major to make it an eight-point game with 90 seconds to go.
Jack Crisp had 31 disposals for the Magpies, while Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury posted 29, in addition to seven tackles and eight clearances.
Lyons and Lachie Neale both had 27 touches for Brisbane, with 10 clearances between them, while Keidean Coleman was composed with 12 touches on debut.