Premiers’ midfield racks up huge stat numbers in 60-point victory at the SCG.
The Sydney Swans have prepared for their 2012 grand final rematch next weekend with a comfortable 60-point victory against a toothless Brisbane Lions side at the SCG.
After jumping out to a fast start which saw them open up a 40-point lead, the Swans were never in trouble as they lead from start to finish.
The victory 17.13 (115) to 8.7 (55) now moves the premiers to 5-1 this year as they focus their attention on the side they knocked off for the flag last season in Hawthorn.
While the final margin will be of concern for the 2-4 Lions, it was the manner in which they lost which will give coach Michael Voss sleepless nights this week.
Despite being played in perfect conditions, the Lions were second to the ball for much of the first half and lacked spark around the ground, with the Swans having done much of the scoreboard damage by the long break.
Despite hardly laying their hands on the ball, the Lions also managed to lose the tackle count for the game 20-16, testament to their lack of aggression to get after the ball carrier.
The win was a sweet way for the Swans to celebrate Jarrad McVeigh’s 200th game milestone with Sam Reid (three goals) and Lewis Jetta (21 possessions and two goals) starring in the midfield.