Franklin helps Swans down Brisbane
Four goals from Lance Franklin helped Sydney record a thumping 55-point win over Brisbane in the JLT Community Series.
Franklin played all four quarters of the game in Burpengary, booting four majors and giving off two more.
The Swans only led by two points after the first quarter, when they'd kicked into a strong breeze, but then ran away from the visitors to win 14.11 (95) to 5.10 (40) at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex.
In the second quarter they got away from us and certainly used the ball better than what we did.Murray Davis
They kicked 11 goals in succession after quarter time before Ben Keays stopped the rot midway through the final quarter with two goals.
Sydney had some injury concerns, with defender Aliir Aliir (ankle) not coming on after quarter-time and ruckman Callum Sinclair (ankle) hobbling off in the third term.
Franklin got his first major in the first minute of the game, strolling into an open goal, and kicked two in the second quarter including a trademark bomb from outside 50m.
Coach John Longmire said of him: "He's worked hard, got himself into shape and [is] putting his best foot forward to prepare as best he can for the season, and that's all you can ask of any of your senior players."
The Swans had excellent outings from midfielders Josh Kennedy, Kieren Jack and Luke Parker, Kennedy finishing with 25 disposals.
Brisbane won the clearances 34-23 on the back of Stefan Martin's ruck dominance, but couldn't make the most of their 39 inside-50s.
Martin racked up 21 touches, 26 hit-outs and seven clearances.
Stand-in coach Murray Davis admitted the Lions didn't do well enough when they had the wind behind them in the opening term.
"There was a bit of a breeze and we don't feel like we capitalised," he said. "In the second quarter they got away from us and certainly used the ball better than what we did."
Sydney are 9/2 to win the Grand Final.
The Swans are 2/5 to finish in the top four.
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