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Port Power beat Melbourne by 29 points

By Steve Larkin 22/08/2010 06:29:10 PM Comments (0)

Matthew Primus won't say it aloud.

But Port Adelaide's coaching job is in his keeping after recording a 29-point AFL victory over Melbourne on Sunday.

Port's 17.10 (112) to 11.17 (83) win at AAMI Stadium was Primus' fourth from six games as caretaker coach.

"Matty has got to take some of the kudos," Melbourne coach Dean Bailey said.

"He must be doing something very good, the players are working for him ... he can only win games from his point of view."

But Primus, a popular ex-Power captain, won't say his case is compelling to get the gig for next year and beyond.

"As I keep saying, it might sound rehashing the same old thing, but the process the club will go through will dictate who gets the job more than wins and losses," Primus said.

Port's triumph came in a match made memorable by Melbourne's Liam Jurrah leaping into footy folklore.

Jurrah floated gracefully over two talls - his 196cm teammate Jack Watts and Port's 191cm Nick Salter - to pluck a soaring mark during an eye-catching display that reaped four goals.

Jurrah not only grabbed the ball, but surely took the mark of the year award from St Kilda's Brendan Goddard and his climbing effort on Saturday.

"Not too many better come to mind, that was pretty special," Melbourne coach Dean Bailey said of Jurrah's jump.

Primus was also in awe at the launch.

"I saw a pretty good one yesterday afternoon in Goddard's mark, but I thought that probably topped it," Primus said.

Jurrah converted a goal after his highlight to bring the Demons within 11 points of Port some 10 minutes into the third quarter.

But Port kicked the next five goals to scoot to a defining 43-point lead.

Port's burst came without forward Brett Ebert, who requires a knee reconstruction after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in the first term.

The Demons had 69 more disposals for the match, but were cruelled by errant goal kicking - evidenced by the halftime scoreline when Port led 8.2 to 5.10.

Melbourne captain James McDonald collected 27 disposals in his 250th match, but his midfield colleagues were overpowered by the likes of Travis Boak, Danyle Pearce and Dom Cassisi.

Boak was pivotal and his 27 touches included three goals, while spearhead Jay Schulz kicked four majors.

Schulz's forward line partner Robbie Gray also booted three goals, including a second term stunner - a dribbled 30 metre goal when pinned on the boundary line.

Melbourne complete their season against North Melbourne next Sunday while Primus' audition finishes with an away fixture against Richmond, also next Sunday.

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