The Lions secured a landslide victory over the Adelaide Crows, but the second quarter began under controversial circumstances.
The Brisbane Lions secured a landslide victory over the Adelaide Crows on Saturday night, temporarily climbing to number one in the AFL rankings.
The Lions dominated the second half at Adelaide Oval, limiting the Crows to just two goals after half-time to claim their fifth straight win.
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But the second quarterman kicked off under controversial circumstances, with Adelaide scoring a crucial goal after the football seemed to roll over the boundary line to the bottom of a pocket.
Raven striker Josh Rachele drew the Sherrin into play to teammate Ned McHenry, who danced around two Lions defenders before snapping the Sherrin into the big sticks.
Brisbane manager Chris Fagan got mad about the bench as replays confirmed that the ball had indeed crossed the boundary line.
“This is clearly out of his mind,” the former St Kilda Leigh Mountain star said on Fox Footy.
“Look, no whistle. The border referee was also there.
“A little luck for the Crows.”
Western Bulldogs great Brad Johnson continued: “It’s a big mistake.”
Speaking on Fox Footy The best on land, five-time All-Australian Nick Reiwoldt laughed: “Big, big clanger from the border referee. What’s going on here?
“Chris Fagan, who wears glasses, is also 150 meters away, he has seen it.”
McHenry’s goal narrowed the gap to just five points, with Adelaide claiming the lead minutes later.
But the Lions reacted in the third quarter, scoring eight consecutive goals to take a massive lead last season.
Brisbane small forward Charlie Cameron scored four majors as the Lions ruined the Crows’ 100th AFL game at the Adelaide Oval with a clinical win of 16.6 (102) to 9.12 (66).
While Cameron harassed his old team, the Lions had plenty of weapons in their league-leading bout which ended with 10 footballers, including Zac Bailey who scored three.
Lachie Neale also scored and amassed 35 possessions in another eye-catching performance.
“I thought our second half was great … we controlled the ball much better,” Fagan told reporters in the post-match press conference.
“I think we are better now because we are a more mature group and they understand what’s going on in the game and they can correct it.
“It’s a pleasant sign.”
Rory Laird, Ben Keays and Jordan Dawson led the way for the Crows, with Jackson Hately enjoying the best game since his move from the Giants, while Shane McAdam scored three goals.
“I loved our first half … I thought it was one of the best footies we’ve played,” said Adelaide manager Matthew Nicks.
“But it probably shows where we’re at right now that we haven’t been able to put it together for four quarters.”
The Lions, who have scored 8-1 for the first time since 1948, will face the Hawthorn Hawks on Sunday May 22 at the University of Tasmania Launceston Stadium, with the first rebound scheduled for 3:20 PM AEST.
– with Jason Phelan, NCA NewsWire
Originally published as Brisbane manager Chris Fagan angers “big mistake” in victory over Adelaide Crows