Swans kick away for big win over Blues

Sydney made it two big wins from two starts on Sunday, kicking away to a 60-point victory over Carlton at Etihad Stadium.

A week after they demolished Collingwood by 80 points, the Swans accounted for the Blues 20.11 (131) to 10.11 (71) in front of 33,146 fans.

Tom Mitchell, Luke Parker and Dan Hannebery provided the midfield grunt for Sydney, while Kurt Tippett and Lance Franklin contributed four goals each.

Former Crows midfielder Matthew Wright was again important for his new club with 26 possessions, with Blues teammates Bryce Gibbs and Kade Simpson also prominent.

A week after they gave fans reason for optimism with a strong showing in their round-one loss to Richmond, the Blues again started well.

Levi Casboult and Sam Kerridge kicked the first two goals of the game but Swans talls Callum Sinclair and Tippett were key contributors as the visitors edged to an eight-point lead at the first break.

A dogged effort by Carlton frustrated Sydney’s attempts to break clear in the second term but the Blues struggled to generate scoring opportunities.

Almost inevitably, the floodgates opened as the Swans kicked away with the last five goals of the half to lead by 38 points.

Carlton came out for the second half with renewed endeavour but failed to make the most of a period of dominance.

They kicked 2.5 for the term and were left to rue their wastefulness when Parker goaled to push his side’s lead out to 45 points at three-quarter time.

There were danger signs for Brendon Bolton’s young side as Sydney kicked the first three goals of the last quarter but the rookie coach will take some heart from the way his charges at least fought the game out.

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