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Joe has last laugh as Lions outgun injury-riddled Port


Daniher kicked four goals — including two to start the fourth term — to spearhead Brisbane’s comeback and he could have had as many as six goals with some better luck and better management on his behalf.Stream every match of every round of the 2022 Toyota AFL Premiership Season Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >The sides were locked together at 61-all for an extended period in the tense fourth quarter before goals to Linc McCarthy, Oscar McInerney and Charlie Cameron broke the game open for Brisbane who have now won 29 of their last 31 home-and-away season matches at the Gabba.Port’s interchange bench was like a casualty ward with Trent McKenzie (knee) and Xavier Duursma (collarbone) suffering game-ending injuries while Aliir Aliir (ankle), Robbie Gray (knee) and Conner Rozee (ankle) all spending significant time off the field.McKenzie’s knee problem looked the most severe as he landed awkwardly and appeared to be considerable pain following a marking contest. He was taken from the field in a medi-cab. Daniher’s third goal of the match cut Port’s lead to seven points, his fourth major slashed the margin to just one point and the Gabba was pumping with Brisbane’s irresistible momentum and Port’s rapidly dwindling troops leading to an inevitable outcome.Port enjoyed a 15-point cushion at the last change after leading by as much as four goals in the third quarter. The Power booted the first three goals of the term before Zac Bailey stopped the rot for Brisbane.The Lions could have been closer but Hugh McCluggage missed a sitter and Daniher went for a long bomb with teammates unmarked inside 50.Thanks to their superiority in contested possessions, Port kicked four goals to Brisbane’s two in the second term to edge to a four-point lead at halftime but the Lions should have been in front after Daniher opted to handpass instead of going back and kicking a goal right on the siren.Back-up ruckman Darcy Fort made the most of his only opportunity to make a good first impression with two goals in the first term to hand the Lions a seven-point buffer at quarter-time with Travis Boak providing the only major for the visitors in a scrappy opening term.Port’s medical staff were very busy. Before Trent McKenzie was stretchered off with what appeared to a serious knee injury in the last term, defender Aliir Aliir left the ground in the second quarter with an ankle injury after a marking contest with Mitch Robinson and only returned in the third term. Midfielder Robbie Gray spent most of the first term off the ground with a right knee issue. He re-emerged from the rooms with the knee heavily strapped and was noticeably limping when he re-entered play. Connor Rozee rolled his ankle in the third term while the Power also lost Xavier Duursman (collarbone) at quarter-time who was replaced by sub Steven Motlop.Mitch Robinson’s bump on Xavier Duursma in the first term is likely to go under the MRO microscope. Robinson and Duursma had a heavy collision on Brisbane’s half-forward flank with Duursma leaving the ground soon after with a collarbone issue. Both players went in low for the ball with Robinson — who had been in health and safety protocols for a week — appearing to brace for contact by turning sideways as Duursma took possession.Oh no Joe! Joe Daniher took a spectacular mark just before halftime near the top of the goalsquare for what appeared to be a certain goal. However, instead of going back and putting the Sherrin through the posts from close range and straight in front, he opted to handball off Nakia Cockatoo. As he was giving the handball, the siren sounded for halftime, costing Brisbane the halftime lead. As the key forward, he needs to take the responsibility for kicking those goals.For both clubs, it is far more important how they finish the year, than how they started it. Port have made back-to-back preliminary finals without proceeding to the big dance while Brisbane have been a top four team the past three seasons only to make one prelim, losing five of their six finals appearances.Heavy injury toll adds to Port’s miseryPort Adelaide has been dealt a double injury blow, losing Xavier Duursma and Trent McKenzie during a bruising 11-point loss at the Gabba.In a game where several Power players hobbled off the field at various stages, Duursma was substituted with a left collarbone problem and McKenzie was taken from the field on a mobile stretcher with what commentators speculated was an anterior cruciate ligament injury.Duursma had been crunched front on by Lions hard man Mitch Robinson in the visitors’ backline midway through the first quarter.After taking a few moments to gather himself, Duursma continued playing for a short time, only to jog to the bench.The 21-year-old wingman was replaced by medical substitute Steven Motlop at the first break.McKenzie was in pain after his left leg landed awkwardly when he spoilt the ball in Brisbane’s attacking 50 during the fourth term.The 29-year-old key defender looked like he knew immediately it was serious and the Power doctors did not move him until the stretcher came out.There was a four-and-a-half minute break in play as he was taken off the ground.While Duursma and McKenzie did not finish the match, the club might need to keep a close eye in coming days on three who did — Connor Rozee and Aliir Aliir (both ankle issues), and Robbie Gray (knee).Rozee hobbled off early in the third quarter after his left foot landed on a Brisbane opponent’s, then went down to the change rooms for further treatment.He came back on for the last term.It was a similar story for Aliir, who landed awkwardly on his right ankle in a marking contest with Robinson on the wing before heading to the rooms and returning to the field for the start of the second half.Gray’s right knee problem was assessed off the ground in the opening few minutes of the game and he spent most of the first term on the bench.The veteran re-emerged with strapping on his knee.Duursma and McKenzie join spearhead Charlie Dixon, goalsneak Orazio Fantasia and half-back/wingman Miles Bergman on the Power’s injury list.Dixon, who is recovering from ankle surgery, is hoping to play again by Round 3 or 4.Duursma’s injury continued a difficult run after he missed 13 games last season due to a hyperextension of his right knee.McKenzie had looked to be behind Tom Clurey in the pecking order over summer before the latter underwent knee surgery this month.The 29-year-old former Gold Coast Sun has reinvigorated his career at the Power, becoming its first-choice fullback the past two seasons.Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko was also part of the game’s injury carnage, getting substituted at three-quarter time with an achilles concern.He was replaced by youngster Harry Sharp.SCOREBOARDBRISBANE: 2.2 4.6 6.10 11.14 (80)PORT ADELAIDE: 1.1 5.4 9.7 10.9 (69)GOALSBrisbane: Daniher 4, Fort 2, McCarthy 2, Bailey, McInerney, CameronPort Adelaide: Houston 2, Boak, Amon, Marshall, Rozee, Powell-Pepper, Georgiades, Motlop, DrewBESTBrisbane: Daniher, Neale, Lyons, Adams, Robinson, Berry, FortPort Adelaide: Houston, Boak, Amon, Byrne-Jones, Wines, McKenzieINJURIESBrisbane: Zorko (Achilles), Rich (hip), Port Adelaide: Duursma (collarbone), Gray (knee), Aliir (ankle), McKenzie (knee), Rozee (ankle)VOTES3: Joe Daniher2: Lachie Neale1: Dan HoustonJoe sees funny side of halftime blunder Joe Daniher was able to see the funny side after going from hero to zero in a matter of seconds on the halftime siren of Brisbane Lions’ clash with Port Adelaide.The key forward pulled down a contender for mark of the year but was unaware the siren was about to blow.Rather than take the set shot after the siren, which could have put Brisbane in front at the main break, Daniher handballed to Nakia Cockatoo who was unmanned a few metres away.But the siren sounded with the ball in motion, allowing Port Adelaide to take a four-point lead into the main break at the Gabba.Daniher laughed the incident off with teammates as they headed for the changerooms, but coach Chris Fagan appeared unimpressed on the sidelines. Daniher responded in the second half, kicking three more goals to add to his one in the first half as the Lions surged back into the contest.

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