The Brisbane Lions hold on as Sydney Swans finals’ hopes take another blow

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It felt prefer it ought to have been extra, and so they owned the Gabba for the subsequent 10 minutes, trapping the ball of their half and gaining a number of entries inside 50 because the Lions had been decreased to dump kicks out of defence.

Poor self-discipline price the Swans, although. They gave away three objectives by way of free kicks within the second quarter, and Wicks was reported for tough conduct, after leaving the turf to gather Ryan Lester excessive. He was fortunate Lester received as much as see out the sport.

Slowly, the Lions began to open the Swans up. Eric Hipwood was attending to the suitable spots, and had six marks plus a aim to half-time. Fletcher, son of Adrian, kicked a magnificence on the run, and the Lions took a five-point lead into the principle break.

They may have buried the Swans within the third, kicking a wasteful 3.8, however nonetheless taking a helpful 19-point lead into the final change. Joe Daniher got here alive, kicking 2.2 for the time period and helping the damaging Bailey for one more.

It was Bailey who put the Swans away in the long run, with an exquisite operating aim to cap an influential efficiency. The Swans stored urgent, however one other 50-metre penalty for dissent that gifted Hipwood a last-quarter aim would have infuriated Longmire.

BRISBANE LIONS 2.2 7.5 10.13 13.19 (97)
SYDNEY SWANS 4.2 6.6 8.6 12.9 (81)

GOALS
Brisbane: Berry 2, Bailey 2, Daniher 2, Hipwood 2, McKenna, Rayner, McInerney, Robertson, Fletcher
Sydney: Gulden 2, Sheldrick 2, Wicks, Amartey, Papley, Hayward, McInerney, Rowbottom, Campbell, Parker
BEST
Brisbane: Bailey, Neale, Dunkley, Ashcroft, McKenna, Daniher
Sydney: Parker, Blakey, Sheldrick, Rowbottom, Gulden, Cunningham
UMPIRES Donlon, O’Gorman, Stephens, Gianfagna
VENUE Gabba
CROWD 28,561

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