Swans cruise to win over Bombers, Caldwell suffers in heavy collision

2022-05-14 18:03:33

Sydney have steered their AFL season back on track, thumping a woeful Essendon by 58 points on Saturday night to soothe a fortnight of mounting concerns and heap more pressure on Bombers coach Ben Rutten’s shoulders.

This wasn’t a thriller like so many of the recent clashes between these two sides – in fact, it was pretty easy viewing for Swans fans who had to suffer through back-to-back home defeats against Brisbane and Gold Coast in the preceding two weeks.

If anything, they let the Bombers off the hook with their inaccuracy in front of goal. Lance Franklin, Tom Papley, Will Hayward and Isaac Heeney combined for 11 behinds between them. The 27,464 at the SCG lapped up the 14.21 (105) to 6.11 (47) win anyway, even if a prime opportunity to boost their percentage was wasted.

The Bombers took another hit at the SCG.

The Bombers took another hit at the SCG. Credit:Getty Images

For Essendon, who were held to just two goals after half-time, it was far worse than what the scoreboard would suggest. They had no answers. At times, it was as if they didn’t even understand the question. Last week’s win over Hawthorn can now only be seen as a false dawn.

The Bombers had Dyson Heppell’s 200-game milestone to play for, and honour, but shirked the physical battle, with the Swans dominating the tackle count 54 to 30 – and, consequently, all other aspects of the match. They were flat-footed, disorganised, and played right into Sydney’s hands.

The only real fight the visitors showed was in Jye Caldwell’s courageous attempt at marking against the flight of the ball late in the third quarter – and in the mini-melee which broke out after his heavy collision with Tom McCartin, who was running the other way. Caldwell was taken off for a concussion test and then went down into Essendon’s rooms, before being subbed out for Alec Waterman.

Jye Caldwell, right, was injured after colliding with Tom McCartin.

Jye Caldwell, right, was injured after colliding with Tom McCartin. Credit:Getty Images

Actual highlights for Essendon, now 2-7, were few and far between – although Peter Wright’s sensational set shot from 65 metres out in the second quarter should make the end-of-season packages.

Much has been made of Sydney’s sluggish starts this season – an issue coach John Longmire admitted was costing them wins and had to be addressed. Consider that box ticked. They were energetic from the outset, grabbing the opening goal through Sam Wicks and finishing the first term with four in a row. Wicks, who was playing his first game since round three, capped off that chain with his second major, just before the quarter-time siren, to give the Swans a handy and deserved 20-point lead.

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