The Brisbane Lions have flexed their muscle to brush aside the Adelaide Crows with ease at Metricon Stadium, claiming a big 88-point win on Friday.
Brisbane picked a strong squad for the pre-season clash and the young Crows side was simply no match in the contest, but will be better for the experience.
Brisbane booted 21.11 (137) to the Crows 7.7 (49).
Lachie Neale, Zac Bailey and Jarryd Lyons were dominant while Cam Rayner, returning after 12 months out of the game, grew into the match and ultimately produced a fine display.
Meanwhile, Joe Daniher and former Crow Charlie Cameron led the goalkicking with three majors each.
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In slippery conditions after plenty of rain, the Crows focused heavily on handballing from the back early in the game.
Daniel Merrett said at the time: “I like the way the Crows are going about it. They are using a lot of handball coming out of their back half, which in these conditions is an interesting ploy – being so slippery…
“The Crows are being competitive. I think the Lions class and maturity is probably putting them in front at the moment but the young Crows are having a crack.”
But the Lions responded in the second quarter in devastating fashion with a run of five-straight goals as their big bodies began to assert themselves on the contest.
The Crows scored two quick goals to start the second half — including the first goal for promising rookie Josh Rachele who impressed — but the comeback was swiftly quashed.
Brisbane turned the screws and promptly kicked seven goals straight in the quarter to take the game away from the Crows, who showed a lack of discipline in giving away several free kicks during the second half.
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Lions squad: 3. Joe Daniher, 4. Callum Ah Chee, 5. Mitch Robinson, 6. Hugh McCluggage, 7. Jarrod Berry, 9. Lachie Neale, 10. Daniel Rich, 11. Lincoln McCarthy, 12. Nakia Cockatoo, 14. James Madden , 16. Cameron Rayner, 17. Jarryd Lyons, 20. Jaxon Prior, 22. Harry Sharp, 23. Charles Cameron, 24. Marcus Adams, 25. Daniel McStay, 27. Darcy Gardiner, 31. Harris Andrews, 32. Darcy Fort , 33. Zac Bailey, 37. Brandon Starcevich, 43. Noah Answerth, 44. Darcy Wilmot, 46. Oscar McInerney
Crows squad: 1. Chayce Jones, 2. Ben Keays, 5. Matt Crouch, 6. Jackson Hately, 7. Riley Thilthorpe, 8. Josh Rachele, 10. Luke Pedlar, 14. Jake Soligo, 15. Brayden Cook, 16. Luke Brown, 20. Mitchell Hinge, 21. Sam Berry, 23. Shane McAdam, 25. Ned McHenry, 26. Harry Schoenberg, 28. Nick Murray, 29. Rory Laird, 31. James Rowe, 32. Darcy Fogarty, 36. Andrew McPherson, 38. Lachlan Sholl, 40. Ben Davis, 41. Jordon Butts, 43. Reilly O’Brien, 45. Kieran Strachan
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