AAP – The Brisbane Lions ground out a second consecutive AFL win defeating Port Adelaide by 37 points at the Gabba on Sunday.
Brisbane proved last weekend’s nine-point win over Carlton was no fluke with a 15.12 (102) to 8.17 (65) result in front of an appreciative home crowd of 15,957.
The win sees Brisbane move off the bottom of the ladder to sit at 2-5, with Port Adelaide now 3-4 for the season after previously winning three of their first four games.
Dayne Beams (32 disposals and one goal), Daniel Rich (23 disposals and nine clearances) led the way for the Lions who were assisted by Port’s wastefulness in front of goal, with the visitors kicking 17 behinds.
Travis Boak (27 disposals) and Robbie Gray (25 disposals and one goal) toiled hard for the Power, while veteran Kane Cornes had 13 disposals and kicked one goal in his penultimate match before retirement.
Leading by 21 at the main break, the Lions extended their advantage four minutes into the second half when Jed Adcock struck from beyond the 50.
Two goals to Angus Monfries had Port back in the contest until Brisbane kicked three of the next four goals to lead by 25 at three-quarter time.
The visitors had two golden opportunities to narrow the deficit through Monfries and Paddy Ryder in the early stages of the final quarter but were punished for their profligacy when Brisbane recruit Mitch Robinson kicked his third goal, three minutes into the term.
Chad Wingard rekindled Port’s hopes when he booted his first major of the match after three prior misses, however goals to Rich, Ryan Lester and Lewis Taylor took the Lions’ advantage beyond seven goals inside the final 10 minutes.
A maiden AFL goal to Port substitute Karl Amon inside the final minute provided the visitors some consolation but Brisbane’s overall performance as a unit provided the catalyst for just their second win of the season.