The last time these two sides met, Brisbane stunned the Eagles with a last gasp goal and seemingly sent the Eagles into a spiral of poor form. They lost three of their next six games and their wins lacked the usual polish the Eagles were renowned for, but it was clear from the get go today that they were out to stop the rot.
They quickly took the lead in the first term and never looked back, capping off the victory with a dominant display in the last quarter, kicking 11 goals.
Captain Darren Glass will face a nervous wait however, with a head high bump on Jonathan Brown sure to grab the attention of the Match Review Panel. Brown was dazed for a few moments before taking his kick and played out the game without any problems, but they MRP have shown they like to crack down hard on head high contact before.
The Eagles were lead by Nic Naitanui, who is quickly becoming the most spectacular player in the AFL. He had 36 tapouts, three goals and several brilliant grabs. His ruck work was important, giving the West Coast midfield with first use of the footy which in turn cut the Lions’ back half to pieces.
The Lions tried their best to reduce the margin during the second term, but it was all in vain as the Eagles scored at will.
West Coast: Darling 5, Hill 4, Hams 3, Naitanui 3, Hurn 2, Cox 2, Gaff, Waters, Masten, Priddis, Shuey, Scott Selwood, McGinnity, Lynch, Sheppard
Brisbane Lions: Brown 3, Zorko 2, Hawksley 2, Merrett 2, Redden, Adcock, Polkinghorne
West Coast: Naitanui, Waters, Gaff, Hurn, Darling, Glass
Brisbane Lions: Redden, Black, Adcock, Raines
West Coast: Daniel Kerr (hamstring strain)
Brisbane Lions: Matt McGuire (ankle)
West Coast: Patrick McGinnity replaced Daniel Kerr in the third quarter
Brisbane Lions: Todd Banfield replaced Matt McGuire in the third quarter
Reports: Darren Glass (West Coast) engaged in rough conduct on Jonathan Brown (Brisbane Lions) in the fourth quarter
Umpires: Fila, Nicholls, Mitchell
Official crowd: 35,767 at Patersons Stadium