Eagles maul Lions in AFL by 49 points

The pressure on Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch has increased after another disappointing AFL loss, this time to West Coast.

The Lions never recovered from a seven goals-to-one second quarter at the Gabba on Saturday as they slumped to a 20.11 (131) to 12.10 (82) defeat.

It’s Brisbane’s ninth loss on the trot and leaves them rooted to the bottom of the ladder along with Essendon, with just one win for the season.

Defeat also leaves Leppitsch with a 12-win, 45-loss record as an AFL coach.

Eagles big man Josh Kennedy, who kicked eight goals against the Lions in round one, finished with five majors.

Kennedy’s haul lifts him to the top of the Coleman Medal standings with 46 goals, although Sydney’s Lance Franklin (43) could regain the lead on Sunday against Melbourne.

Mark LeCras and Jack Darling kicked four goals each for the Eagles, and Jamie Cripps capped an all-round display with two majors.

Josh Walker kicked four goals for the hosts and Pearce Hanley and Josh Schache booted two each.

Tom Rockliff and Mitch Robinson both racked up 38 disposals as the Lions totalled more than 100 more possessions than their opponents, but often spread the ball ineffectively across their back line before turning it over to the Eagles.

The win will be a relief for Eagles coach Adam Simpson, who travelled to Queensland without either of his starting ruckmen – handing a club debut to journeyman Jonathan Giles.

Nic Naitanui was sidelined after undergoing surgery on his double achilles injury, while Scott Lycett was left in Perth for disciplinary reasons.

The victory – West Coast’s fifth in a row over the Lions – lifts them to eight wins for the year and keeps them inside the top eight.

The Lions started brightly, and a flurry of three goals at the back end of the opening term took them into the first change trailing the visitors by one point.

But the Eagles ran riot in the second term, with Kennedy kicking three as the Lions crumbled.

In further bad news for Leppitsch, Ryan Harwood did not return to the field after limping off in the opening quarter with a knee injury.

The Lions face Richmond next weekend at the MCG and the Eagles have a bye.

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