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Roos jump start season

By Chris Lines 10/04/2005 07:27:08 PM Comments (0)

Maybe it is time the AFL world started taking the Kangaroos seriously.

Three games into 2005 and the Roos are one of three unbeaten sides after successfully pulling off what was Mission Impossible last season by downing St Kilda at Telstra Dome.

In all games this season the Kangaroos had started as outsider and in all three they had won, having ended Carlton's hot form in round one and then downing a Sydney team that went on to beat Brisbane at the Gabba this weekend before seeing off the Saints.

The other unbeaten sides are Melbourne - who convincingly beat flag fancy Geelong - and West Coast, which staged a second-half comeback to down Fremantle in the WA derby.

Those teams are already two wins ahead of several leading premiership contenders in Brisbane, Port Adelaide and the Saints.

The Lions led all night against Sydney, which employed an uber-flood in the first half before letting loose in the final quarter when they kicked seven goals.

The last of those goals came from Barry Hall with a free-kick set shot after the siren from 30 metres, putting Sydney in front for the first time on the night.

If the Lions were left bewildered by the Swans comeback, it was nothing compared to the surprise of Port Adelaide, which was flogged by 68 points by rank outsider Adelaide in the SA showdown.

It was only six points short of Port's biggest defeat by the Crows and its biggest ever defeat at AAMI Stadium.

Port sits 15th, badly missing some absent midfielders, but thankful for two home games to come in which to steady the premiership defence.

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