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Crows thrash Kangaroos by 72 points

By Steve Larkin 21/07/2006 11:47:34 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide captain Mark Ricciuto has celebrated his 300th AFL match with a five-goal haul and a 72-point thumping of the Kangaroos.

The Crows won 19.10 (124) to 7.10 (52) at AAMI Stadium, with a second-half surge killing off the Roos before a parochial crowd of 47,487.

Ricciuto was the centre of attention pre-game, and the Adelaide icon duly delivered a dominant display in his milestone match.

The Brownlow medallist led his side out accompanied by fireworks, and then sparked his colleagues to an emphatic victory which entrenched the Crows on top of the ladder.

Ricciuto's long-time teammates Andrew McLeod and Simon Goodwin produced telling performances to honour their skipper, while Crow defenders Graham Johncock, Nathan Bassett and Kris Massie continued their stellar seasons.

The Kangaroos, thanks mainly the silky smooth Daniel Wells and tireless feats of stalwarts Shannon Grant and Adam Simpson, had a sniff of upset midway through the third quarter.

After trailing by 20 points at halftime, the Kangas crept within 11 when Brent Harvey kicked his second major in the 13th minute of the third stanza.

But the threat was ruthlessly dismissed by the premiership favourite Crows, who thereafter booted 11 goals to the Kangas' one to seal their 14th victory from 16 games this season.

Five of those Adelaide goals came in a stunning 10-minute burst to end the third term, with Goodwin waking from a slumber to propel his colleagues into action.

The midfielder had experienced a quite night to that stage, but suddenly gained a number of hard-won clearances which set Adelaide on course for victory.

Forwards Ken McGregor (four goals), Ricciuto, Matthew Bode (two goals) and Scott Thompson (two goals) were the chief beneficiaries, capitalising despite the Kangaroos having substantially more disposals than their hosts.

The Roos were sucked into a trap of trying to retain possession rather than using the ball with purpose. Adelaide simply absorbed the frequent sideways and backward chip-kicks from their opponents before pouncing on the seemingly inevitable mistake.

The Crows then used their superior skills and system to create a plethora of scoring chances, resulting in the last half avalanche.

Despite Crow star McLeod's brilliant performance, Adelaide coach Neil Craig said the veteran would have foot surgery on Monday, sidelining him for about four weeks.

McLeod has carried the problem, which needs fluid drained from his left foot, for much of the season but Craig said it needed to be rectified before the finals.

"It's not the ideal scenario for us," Craig said, adding the injury didn't affect McLeod while playing but rather after the event.

"When the anaesthetic wears off, it has been a really painful injury."

Kangaroos coach Dean Laidley declared the top-placed Crows as "in another stratosphere" than the rest of the competition.

"They are way out in front of anyone," he said, describing the task of playing Adelaide on its home deck as "the toughest place to play football".

Roo defender Michael Firrito was concussed during his side's heavy loss.

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