Six unanswered goals in the first 19 minutes after a rampant and starved Brisbane made for a comprehensive 64-point strike against GWS at the Gabba on Saturday.
It was as brutal as it was breathtaking as that of Mitch Robinson Inspired Lions had 40 points on the scoreboard before the understaffed and completely outplayed Giants broke their duck late in their first term.
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Brisbane took its seventh straight win – the longest active winning streak in the AFL after losing Melbourne and the Bulldogs last week – and will bring irresistible confidence and momentum to the blockbusters- Bringing the Demons fight on Friday night.
The dice was thrown early at the Gabba and the electrifying Charlie Cameron really snapped within the first 20 seconds. Best-on-Ground Robinson scored four goals in his career and scored 30 hits in a stellar all-round performance by the Brisbane Enforcer.
The dangerous Dan McStay added two majors in the early Brisbane rampage, with Cameron one in both Big hand played.
A long-range bomb by Daniel Rich and a 30-meter soccer goal by Dayne Zorko were the highlights of the matchwinning upswing.
The Lions were leading with 34 points at the first switch and 42 points at half time and at the last break with 61 points. The Giants showed some fighting as reigning captain Josh Kelly scored two goals in the second season, but Robinson hit them quickly.
Defenders Harris Andrews and Marcus Adams were perfectly solid as the brilliant Zorko in the crucial first season Scored 14 hits and finished with 35 departures, six clearances and two goals. Brisbane who had 13 individual goalkickers.
No Toby Greene, no Jesse Hogan … no excuse. The Giants may have been understaffed and had to fly to Brisbane on game day due to Covid protocols, but were simply called off the gabba by the Lions in the first quarter. To collect the first 40 points of the game is not acceptable for a team with top 8 ambitions. The orange in their uniforms was appropriate as they were glorified traffic cones. They showed some fighting after the attack, but the damage was done.
Lions Enforcer Mitch Robinson had his best game of 2021 with four career goals and 30 departures. Robbo was just everywhere and did everything to everyone. When he didn’t score, he injured his teammate Marcus Adams in the backline, who was flying a mark. His aim for the three-quarter siren got the Gabba believers on their feet. His two second term majors paused a brief GWS revival as soon as it began.
The beautifully sun-kissed Gabba was a world away from the misery of yet another Covid lockdown in Melbourne. Brisbane – which usually plays home games at night – rarely hosted the 2pm time slot on Saturday, indulging in the fast and dry conditions with the red Sherrin in front of 22,038 spectators. Covid forced the Giants to fly in and out on game day, while post-game press conferences were converted to Zoom Internet meetings.
Rolls Royce midfielder Hugh McCluggage had a rare quiet day due to his extremely high demands. The Lions-on-Baller had 10 touches by the quarter – including a nice spin-out from traffic – and was looking the right way for a display that has become a trademark. In the second term, however, he only had one disposition. Brisbane’s silky No. 6 shot with a goal in the third and had 15 touches for the day.
Lions: Robinson 4, McStay 2, McCarthy 2, Zorko 2, Bailey, Cameron, Coleman, Daniher, Hipwood, McInerney, McCluggage, Prior, Rich
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