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Geelong untroubled to beat Lions in AFL

AAP logoAAP 21/08/2016 By Vince Rugari

Geelong's hopes of a home final are in the balance despite a 60-point AFL win over the Brisbane Lions.

In stress-free finals tune-up on Sunday, the Cats had it largely their own way in the 19.15 (129) to 10.9 (69) win at the Gabba, their sixth in a row.

But they may live to regret their failure to truly put away the Lions, with some inaccurate goalkicking and a lack of intensity squandering a golden chance to further boost their percentage.

The Cats are now into third spot on the ladder - equal on points with Sydney, Hawthorn and Adelaide heading into what looms as a thrilling final round.

They will host Melbourne at Simonds Stadium on Saturday afternoon, needing to win as big as possible to have any chance of leapfrogging the Swans or Crows into the top two.

However, coach Chris Scott didn't see it as a missed opportunity.

"When you have a win away from home by that margin I don't think we can be too picky," he said.

"(Percentage) is obviously a factor and we're aware of it, the players are aware of it and we're aware of it in the coach's box.

"I think the risk is you can start focusing on the outcome and lose track of how you get there."

Patrick Dangerfield (28 disposals) was terrific but mature-aged draftee Sam Mengola, in just his fifth AFL game, looks set to give coach Chris Scott a September selection headache after starring with 33 disposals and eight clearances.

"I guess you don't expect someone who hasn't played AFL footy at all to come in and play the way he has," Scott said.

Steven Motlop was also terrific with a career-best five-goal haul.

A bloodbath looked on the cards after a lop-sided first term, with Dangerfield and Motlop both kicking two goals apiece as Geelong established a 36-point lead at quarter-time.

The Lions outscored the Cats by six goals to two in the next quarter, chopping the margin to 19 points, but simply didn't have the ability or the energy to go for much longer.

Skipper Tom Rockliff (27 touches), Daniel Rich (24 touches, two goals) and rookie Rhys Mathieson (nine clearances) were among Brisbane's best.

"The effort was there," coach Justin Leppitsch said.

"They're a good team, the best turnover team in the comp and we had a crack at them. They (just) did what they did well."

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