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Lions blow away hapless Saints

By Jim Morton 25/05/2008 04:16:32 PM Comments (0)

The Brisbane Lions today flexed their muscles to post their biggest AFL win of the season with a 21.15 (141) to 14.11 (95) thumping of St Kilda at the Gabba.

Daniel Bradshaw and Jonathan Brown bagged six goals each for the impressive Lions to cement their place in the top eight with a first back-to-back victory since last July.

On a warm afternoon in front of a crowd of 27,566, Brisbane blew the struggling Saints away in the second and third quarters, extending an eight point lead at the first change to 69 at the last.

St Kilda did manage eight goals in the final term to add some respectability but Lenny Hayes (33 disposals), Robert Harvey (27) and Justin Koschitzke (four goals) were among few who could hold their heads high.

Lions skipper Brown was held goalless in the first half but kicked four in a brilliant third quarter and finished with 15 marks.

In contrast, Saints skipper Nick Riewoldt looked no better than 80 per cent fit after rushing back early on his dodgy left knee and took until the dying minutes to post a major.

Trying hard but showing the affects of his injury, Riewoldt shanked a couple of early kicks including an embarrassing set-shot effort from in front 30m out just after quarter-time.

The Saints meek performance was marked by some particularly woeful kicking in front of goal.

Bradshaw's sixth goal of the afternoon brought up 400 in his 190 senior game career while midfielders Simon Black, Luke Power and Jed Adcock were superb.

Fittingly in the AFL's Indigenous Round, Aboriginal Lions duo Rhan Hooper (two) and Anthony Corrie booted three goals between them in the first six minutes.

But Brisbane failed to deliver another major for the rest of the opening term as they often overplayed their hands with the ball and the Saints applied better pressure.

It took a 50m kick on the run by Mitch Clark to snap the Lions run of seven behinds and start a second-quarter of dominance as they blitzed the visitors 6.4 to 1.2 for a 40-point half-time lead.

Despite receiving plenty of treatment on a suspect quad, Josh Drummond still managed 19 first-half disposals, including 13 kicks from his radar-like left boot.

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