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Port too powerful for Brisbane in AFL

NZN 29/04/2017 Ciaran Baynes

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.

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.

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.

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan was at a loss to explain the poor performance of his side.

"I'm not sure why it's happened because the one thing we've brought this year in every game has been effort - and it wasn't there," Fagan said.

"I'm not sure why this happened. We'll have a talk about it this week and look for solutions.

"The senior players who've been fantastic for five weeks were on the quiet side. It felt like we were off in all areas."

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley was particularly happy with the way the Power seamlessly handled the absence of skipper Travis Boak.

"When you lose Travis you make some adjustments around that but you don't lose your system," Hinkley said.

"We've got to be flexible because you never know who you're going to lose.

"For us there's people within our team that have to play a certain way every week and that's what we rely on."

The visitors maintained their dominance throughout the game, winning each quarter, which suggests to Hinkley the Power have the desire to become a top side.

"We were 67-38 in inside 50s ... that's what the good side do," Hinkley said.

"That continued effort is the key to becoming a good side and for us to challenge ourselves to become one of the good sides is pleasing."

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