The Western Bulldogs’ 28-point win over the Sydney Swans proved expensive with accidents to 2 key gamers, Sam Lloyd and Aaron Naughton.
Marcus Bontempelli’s dominant second time period helped the Bulldogs prevail 10.7 (67) to five.9 (39) on the SCG. The younger aspect have been coming off a six-day break and at one level in the sport have been down to 2 males on the bench after Naughton and Lloyd’s accidents.
Key ahead Naughton booted a purpose then created one other with an intercept mark, solely to injure his ankle late in the primary quarter and play no additional half in the competition.
Lloyd additionally did not return to the fray after falling closely on his shoulder in the third time period.
“I’m unsure the extent of injury and Sam’s shoulder,” Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge mentioned after the win.
“I’m unsure if that is clavicle or rotator cuff, however with each we’ll wait and see for subsequent week.”
Beveridge mentioned the Bulldogs will miss the affect of Naughton ought to he be pressured to take a seat out a number of video games because of his ankle injury.
“We’ll must adapt. He began the sport off in good trend tonight, Naghts. He seemed threatening,” the coach mentioned.
“As we preserve saying, he is solely a 20-year-old key ahead who’s going to be a really influential participant over the journey so we are going to miss him, however we’ll discover a approach and somebody will come in and play a job.
“Maybe there is a miracle and he performs subsequent week, who is aware of. But if he is out he’ll be a troublesome participant to switch.”
The Swans and Bulldogs noticed a minute’s silence previous to the match in honour of AFL nice John Kennedy Snr, who died on Thursday morning.
Of the assorted ways in which Swans skipper Josh Kennedy imagined his 250th match would possibly unfold, none concerned mourning the demise of his beloved grandfather.
Kennedy has constructed a adorned profession on shrugging his shoulders and getting on with it, however not often has that problem been so immense.
Yet the hulking midfielder lifted in the third quarter because the Swans seized momentum and threatened to stage an epic comeback, whereas his captain’s purpose early in the ultimate time period minimize the Bulldogs’ result in 20 factors.
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The guests responded in model, ramping up their stress to create a few turnovers earlier than Jack Macrae soccered a settler and sapped Sydney’s morale.
The Swans’ tally of 1.3 (9) is their lowest halftime rating since 1997 and lowest ever on the SCG.
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Part of that ignominy might be attributed to shortened quarters, however not all of it on an evening when small ahead Tom Papley booted 4 of his aspect’s 5 targets.
In sharp distinction it was the primary time this stop-start season that Luke Beveridge’s crew broke by means of the 60-point barrier, whereas their tackling and relentless stress in the second half was notably notable given they have been down on rotations.
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Swans younger gun Callum Mills was requested to curb the affect of Bontempelli after halftime and did an inexpensive job of tagging the Dogs’ skipper.
But Bontempelli did loads of harm when the sport was up for grabs in the opening half, booting two targets and tallying 12 touches and 4 clearances.
Bontempelli additionally fittingly helped generate the all-important first clearance of the ultimate time period, resulting in a purpose for Rhylee West.
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Ruckman Tim English, who performed arguably his greatest ever sport for the Bulldogs, Macrae and Bailey Dale have been additionally among the many guests’ greatest.
Macrae was reported for a sloppy spoil on Robbie Fox late in the third quarter.