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Brisbane Lions lose another key forward in big win over West Coast Eagles


BRISBANE pocketed 4 premiership factors on the Gabba on Saturday night time, however coach Chris Fagan has a brand new headache following an ankle harm to in-form ahead Dan McStay.

McStay limped from the sphere in the course of the opening quarter of the 16.9 (105) to 4.6 (30) conquer a depleted West Coast and was instantly subbed out of the sport.

Regardless of the setback the Lions did as was anticipated and took care of the spirited Eagles to retain their spot within the high two with a fourth straight victory.

LIONS v EAGLES Full match protection and stats

In slippery circumstances it was removed from one-way visitors, as Matthew Knights, standing in for COVID-affected West Coast coach Adam Simpson, had his crew taking part in a gritty, contested model of soccer.

Brisbane generated loads of possibilities inside 50, however it took till the second half to actually open up a spot, kicking seven objectives to at least one within the final quarter.

Hugh McCluggage was magnificent, kicking a career-best 4 objectives from his 26 disposals, making the troublesome look simple along with his elegant right-foot kicking.

He additionally gift-wrapped objectives for Charlie Cameron, Tom Berry and Jarrod Berry with perfectly-weighted passes and one for good measure for Zac Bailey with a stunning looping handball into area.

LIONS MIGHT RUSH STAR BACK Key ahead accidents forcing Fagan’s hand

Cameron had a good night time himself with 4 objectives, whereas Lachie Neale (30), Dayne Zorko (26) and Daniel Wealthy (28) had been additionally huge contributors.

Fagan may have an enormous resolution to make this week relying on the severity of McStay’s harm, with spearhead Joe Daniher (shoulder) already dominated out for as much as six weeks.

Eric Hipwood is out there to play his first recreation subsequent week after overcoming a ruptured ACL, and with the VFL crew having a bye, might be thought-about for senior stage towards Adelaide on the Adelaide Oval.

West Coast battled onerous regardless of being decimated by harm. Jeremy McGovern (21 touches, together with 12 intercepts) and Shannon Hurn (27) did all the pieces of their powers to carry again the 68-33 inside 50 deficit.

Liam Ryan kicked three objectives from restricted possibilities.

The moist circumstances made it troublesome for both crew to discover a rhythm early on, with objectives to Cam Rayner, Cameron and McCluggage giving the hosts a 15-point lead on the first change that drifted to 29 by half-time.

Lifeless-eye Charlie
Charlie Cameron is having an exquisite season and continued an unimaginable stretch in entrance of objective since his horror 2.6 kicking show towards North Melbourne in spherical three. The jet-heeled small ahead made the slippery ball appear dry, so clear was he within the air or on the bottom. However it was his dead-eye goalkicking that set him other than anybody else on the sphere. Cameron kicked 4.1, all fantastically struck set photographs. Earlier than his slender ultimate quarter behind, Cameron had kicked 14 objectives and not using a miss in his previous 5 matches. 

Nice debut for Florenca
Lots was fabricated from West Coast needing to make use of top-up gamers forward of the match, however the one man within the beginning 22 that got here from the WAFL was South Fremantle midfielder Jake Florenca. The 24-year-old was picked on type after 38 disposals within the west final week and began his debut simply as scorching on the Gabba. Used on-ball, Florenca gathered 9 disposals in a decent first quarter and confirmed he was greater than helpful on the high stage, ending with 19 for the night time.

The half-time siren strikes once more
For the second time this season Brisbane fell sufferer to the half-time siren. In spherical one towards Port Adelaide Joe Daniher took a spectacular mark on the high of the goalsquare seconds earlier than the principle break and, completely unaware of the sport scenario, handballed to Nakia Cockatoo because the siren sounded. Tonight it was Cam Rayner who value himself a objective. Rayner took a powerful mark and had set-up for an around-the-corner end. Simply as he took his first step off the road, the siren sounded, and his correct kick was waved off.

BRISBANE     3.3      5.6      9.7      16.9 (105)
WEST COAST         1.0           1.1      3.2      4.6 (30)

GOALS  
Brisbane: McCluggage 4, Cameron 4, Rayner 2, Bailey, T.Berry, J.Berry, Coleman, McInerney, Payne
West Coast: Ryan 3, Darling

BEST  
Brisbane: McCluggage, Neale, Cameron, Zorko, Wealthy, Answerth,
West Coast: McGovern, Hurn, Ryan, Redden, Jones 

INJURIES  
Brisbane: McStay (ankle)
West Coast: Nil 

SUBSTITUTES  
Brisbane: Tom Berry (changed McStay at quarter-time)
West Coast: Declan Mountford (unused)

Crowd: 19,331 on the Gabba



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