Lions outlast Saints in harm-hit clash

Mentor Chris Fagan has hailed Brisbane’s resilience as they bounced again from a disappointing decline to Fremantle and a shorter turnaround to defeat a gutsy St Kilda by 21 factors and enter the bye in the AFL top rated-two.

Saturday night’s clash with the Saints teetered on the brink ahead of Brisbane kicked 3 of the last four objectives to prevail 10.18 (78) to 8.9 (57) at the Gabba.

The victory came at a value even though, with skipper Dayne Zorko substituted out for Darcy Fort with a third-term hamstring damage when Darcy Gardiner experienced remedy on his again/ribs and failed to finish the contest.

“A seriously, fantastic difficult earn I reckon tonight,” Fagan said.

“Our kicking for intention did not help us and we were being a bit unlucky with a number of of people (rating) opinions.

“On the back again of coming back on the red eye very last week, receiving back to Brisbane at 5 o’clock on Monday morning.

“The way the boys went about their get the job done this week and the improvements we manufactured in factors like scores towards from stoppage, when you’ve got only got 5 or six times to do it, they took that on board and I’m just so happy for them.

“Really very pleased of the group tonight, I believed that was a authentic gutsy get.”

St Kilda did brilliantly to struggle out the recreation, with just two gamers on the bench in the closing quarter.

They dropped Mitchito Owens and Daniel McKenzie to concussion either side of halftime, with substitute Jarrod Lienert replacing Owens at the major crack, although Zak Jones endured a third-quarter hamstring harm.

Lions stars Lachie Neale (37 disposals, 460 metres attained) and Hugh McCluggage (33 disposals, 7 clearances) were being normally prolific.

Joe Daniher kicked a few plans on his return and elegant Keidean Coleman impressed.

Jack Sinclair (30 disposals), Brad Crouch (26 disposals, 10 tackles) and Jade Gresham (two aims) have been occupied for St Kilda.

King booted the first two goals of the match, each from no cost kicks ahead of Brisbane obtained an unlikely gift late in the very first term.

Daniher goaled from open up enjoy and in the aftermath, amid a scuffle, Brad Crouch slung Charlie Cameron to the floor by the neck.

Cameron was supplied a cost-free kick straight in front of intention and he handed the Lions a quarter-time direct.

St Kilda brushed off the disappointment and led by 12 at halftime.

Brisbane attained the ascendancy as injury strike the Saints, but the Lions’ inaccuracy harm as the video game remained in the balance.

The AFL score overview process proved contentious, with McCluggage and Cam Rayner acquiring ambitions chalked off in the third and fourth terms respectively.

But neither impacted the final result, as Brisbane kicked on from their 3-stage lead at the ultimate transform.

“I considered we tried out but by the close we just ran out of a bit of puff in that final quarter,” St Kilda mentor Brett Ratten mentioned.

“But prior to that we were being in and all over the recreation.”

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