Hugh McCluggage has once more oozed class in a 24-point Brisbane win over Fremantle on the Gabba.
The silky Lions wingman ensured the absence of injured Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale wasn’t felt because the hosts ran out 14.11 (95) to 10.11 (71) winners in a sport that was first scheduled to be performed at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
McCluggage completed with 27 disposals, one objective and 4 objective assists, standing tall within the first half as they constructed a match-winning lead.
His service to the Lions’ small forwards stood out, McCluggage spinning out of the clutches of two Dockers tacklers and hitting Charlie Cameron on the chest because the lead swelled to 34 factors at halftime.
Each Lions ahead kicked a objective however Cameron (11 marks, three targets, 5 behinds) was the standout with 5 first-quarter marks inside 50m, solely inaccuracy robbing him of an evening out in opposition to the West Australians.
Two targets every to Caleb Serong and Matt Taberner, together with one both aspect of halftime from the tall ahead, gave the guests a sniff however Cameron’s third and a drilled main from Jarryd Lyons (30 disposals) rapidly snuffed that out.
The lead hit 47 factors within the third time period earlier than Fremantle kicked the sport’s final three targets, whereas Fremantle additionally led the inside-50 rely 52-49.
The Lions’ fourth straight win moved them to 5-3 and as much as fifth forward of Sydney and West Coast – a win behind third-placed Port Adelaide – after they’d slumped to 1-3, whereas it was the Dockers’ (4-4) second-straight loss.
As in opposition to Port final week, the Lions’ defensive stress was sufficient to strangle the Dockers’ in a decisive first half, Nat Fyfe (27 touches, 18 contested possessions, eight clearances) unable to interrupt the sport open.
When he lastly did see some ball within the third time period, Fyfe was let down by his boot, lacking a soccered objective from point-blank vary then following up with a behind from a set-shot from an identical spot.
Daniel Wealthy (31 touches) continued his sturdy type whereas Andrew Brayshaw (28) and David Mundy (27) supported Fyfe.
Connor Blakely was subbed in for Dockers ahead Michael Frederick (ankle) within the first time period.
The Lions play neighbours Gold Coast on Saturday whereas the Dockers, after the latest COVID-19 outbreak of their dwelling state, will stay on the Gold Coast earlier than their subsequent sport in opposition to Essendon at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.
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