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Bulldogs belt Brisbane by 63 points

14/06/2008 04:55:55 PM Comments (0)

The Western Bulldogs continue to impress, dismantling the Brisbane Lions by 63 points in their round-12 AFL match at the MCG.

The Lions had won their previous four games and there was much anticipation about this clash, but the Bulldogs took control in the second term and won 19.17 (131) to 10.8 (68).

Brownlow Medal favourite Adam Cooney was again outstanding with 37 disposals for the Bulldogs, while Scott Welsh kicked five goals on Saturday.

The Bulldogs have now won 10 out of 12 games, while the Lions were very disappointing in the wet conditions.

Brisbane led at quarter-time and kicked three consecutive goals either side of three-quarter time to draw within 23 points, but otherwise they were barely in the contest.

The Bulldogs convincingly won the midfield and capitalised on the absence of Lions key forward Daniel Bradshaw, who was out with a hamstring injury.

Brisbane also lost midfielder Michael Rischitelli, who had played every game this season, as a late withdrawal.

Jonathan Brown was dangerous for the Lions early with two first-term goals, but he only managed one more for the rest of the game.

While ex-Lion Jason Akermanis was forced from the field in the second quarter after hurting his hand, he was dynamite in the second half, kicking three goals.

After the Lions drew to within four goals early in the last quarter, the Bulldogs quickly replied with two goals to kill off any chance of a late comeback.

The Bulldogs kicked the last seven goals of the game.

Bulldogs utility Daniel Giansiracusa was forced from the field in the last term with a cut head after a nasty collision, while team-mate Ryan Griffen and Melbourne's Travis Johnstone returned the field after first-half leg injuries.

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