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Port too powerful for Brisbane in AFL

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/04/2017 Ciaran Baynes

Charlie Dixon(left) of the Power celebrates after scoring a goa. © AAP Image/Glenn Hunt Charlie Dixon(left) of the Power celebrates after scoring a goa. Port Adelaide thrashed a woeful Brisbane Lions by 83 points at the Gabba on Saturday evening to move into the top four on the AFL ladder.

Jarman Impey, Robbie Gray and Charlie Dixon each kicked four goals as the Power eased to the 22.18 (150) to 10.7 (67) victory in front of 13,638 fans.

Chad Wingard (31 disposals) dominated in the midfield and moved the ball from clearances with ease, providing repeated chances for the Power in their forward 50.

The game was all but over in the opening stanza with Port leading 46-2 before two late scores flattered Brisbane going into the first break.

Eric Hipwood of the Lions and Hamish Hartlett of the Power compete for the mark. © Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Eric Hipwood of the Lions and Hamish Hartlett of the Power compete for the mark. Similar service resumed in the second term and by halftime the lead was 55, which Port stretched to 75 by the final change.

The tame effort from the Lions was epitomised by three goals in as many minutes in the third quarter from Jackson Trengove (twice) and then Ollie Wines.

First, Trengove marked in between a pack of Lions 30 metres out and was allowed to run through into the goal square to score. Moments later he was gifted a handball from the Lions' Nick Robertson 20m from goal. Then Wines was allowed an uncontested mark inside the forward 50 before converting.

Daniel Rich of the Lions is tackled by Jackson Trengove of the Power. © Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Daniel Rich of the Lions is tackled by Jackson Trengove of the Power. The Power now have four wins from six games, while the Lions, after winning their first game of the season against the Gold Coast Suns, have lost five successive fixtures, as well as their early season optimism.

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