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Lions outlast Saints in injury-hit conflict

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Lions outlast Saints in injury-hit clash

Coach Chris Fagan has hailed Brisbane’s resilience as they bounced again from a disappointing loss to Fremantle and a brief turnaround to beat a gutsy St Kilda by 21 factors and enter the bye within the AFL top-two.

Saturday night time’s conflict with the Saints teetered on the brink earlier than Brisbane kicked three of the ultimate 4 targets to prevail 10.18 (78) to eight.9 (57) on the Gabba.

The victory got here at a value although, with skipper Dayne Zorko substituted out for Darcy Fort with a third-term hamstring harm whereas Darcy Gardiner had therapy on his again/ribs and failed to complete the competition.

“A very, good robust win I reckon tonight,” Fagan stated.

“Our kicking for objective did not assist us and we have been a bit unfortunate with just a few of these (rating) critiques.

“On the again of coming again on the purple eye final week, getting again to Brisbane at 5 o’clock on Monday morning.

“The best way the boys went about their work this week and the enhancements we made in issues like scores in opposition to from stoppage, while you’ve solely acquired 5 – 6 days to do it, they took that on board and I am simply so happy for them.

“Actually happy with the group tonight, I assumed that was an actual gutsy win.”

St Kilda did brilliantly to struggle out the sport, with simply two gamers on the bench within the remaining quarter.

They misplaced Mitchito Owens and Daniel McKenzie to concussion both aspect of halftime, with substitute Jarrod Lienert changing Owens on the most important break, whereas Zak Jones suffered a third-quarter hamstring harm.

Lions stars Lachie Neale (37 disposals, 460 metres gained) and Hugh McCluggage (33 disposals, seven clearances) have been sometimes prolific.

Joe Daniher kicked three targets on his return and stylish Keidean Coleman impressed.

Jack Sinclair (30 disposals), Brad Crouch (26 disposals, 10 tackles) and Jade Gresham (two targets) have been busy for St Kilda.

King booted the primary two targets of the match, each from free kicks earlier than Brisbane obtained an unlikely reward late within the first time period.

Daniher goaled from open play and within the aftermath, amid a scuffle, Brad Crouch slung Charlie Cameron to the bottom by the neck.

Cameron was given a free kick straight in entrance of objective and he handed the Lions a quarter-time lead.

St Kilda dismissed the frustration and led by 12 at halftime.

Brisbane gained the ascendancy as harm hit the Saints, however the Lions’ inaccuracy harm as the sport remained within the steadiness.

The AFL rating evaluate system proved contentious, with McCluggage and Cam Rayner having targets chalked off within the third and fourth phrases respectively.

However neither affected the end result, as Brisbane kicked on from their three-point lead on the remaining change.

“I assumed we tried however by the top we simply ran out of a little bit of puff in that final quarter,” St Kilda coach Brett Ratten stated.

“However earlier than that we have been in and across the recreation.”

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