South Australian side earns vital win to stay in touch with the AFL top eight.
A strong second and fourth quarter was all Adelaide Crows needed to snare a vital four points in a 28-point win over Gold Coast Suns.
The Crows had to overcome an injury to key defender Brent Reilly in the first quarter and a third-quarter charge from the Suns to claim the victory, 16.15 (111) to 11.17 (83).
Reilly dislocated his shoulder but his teammates fought out a crucial away win.
The home team were only eight points down at the final change but couldn’t find another gear in the end.
Inspired by Gary Ablett and Dion Prestia, the Suns took a 13-point lead at quarter time but a goal blitz put the Crows in front at half-time and they never surrendered their advantage.
Prestia smashed his personal best with 42 touches while Ablett was his usual sensational self, kicking a goal of the year contender from outside 50m.
The Crows were led by Patrick Dangerfield and young gun Brad Crouch, who picked up 31 touches and showed up his mini-draft rival – Jaeger O’Meara.