The Sydney have kept their AFL season alive after a 46 point thrashing over the Western Bulldogs at the SCG.
The Swans outscored the Bulldogs in every quarter of the round 12 game last night to claim a 12.16 (88) to 6.6 (42) win.
The victory was the Swans’ fourth in the last five games, with the team dominating the hitouts 65-16, tallied 17 more contested possessions, 32 more inside 50s and 41 more marks than the lagging Bulldogs.
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The Swans produced the relentless pressure demanded of them by coach John Longmire as they ended a run of four straight losses to the Bulldogs and won for just the second time in six SCG games this year.
It was the Bulldogs’ lowest score of the season and their biggest loss in almost a year.
The Swans got far more impact from their forwards with Lance Franklin kicking three goals and Sam Reid and Tom Papley both booting two.
The Bulldogs led just once throughout the match, by one point, in the first quarter but rarely generated any fluency and penetration going forward against a determined Sydney.
Franklin was just one of three Sydney first-half goalkickers, and even he battled to hit the target, at one stage logging three straight behinds.
The Swans led by six, 23 and 29 points at the three breaks and the Bulldogs never got the deficit below 19 in the second half.
Some of the Bulldogs’ prime movers were hardly sighted in the first half, with Jake Stringer, Travis Cloke and Jason Johannisen logging just two, four and five touches respectively by halftime.
The Bulldogs’ accuracy improved markedly in the third quarter, kicking 4.0.
Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said his side couldn’t match Sydney’s aggression and intensity.
“Tonight we absolutely weren’t anywhere where we need to be and the Sydney midfield took control of the game and we couldn’t find our way back,” he said.
“They had 71 entries and it just shows you that the other 12 players in the midfield and forward of the ball were just nowhere near the level they needed to be.”
The premiers were never really in the contest, with only inaccurate kicking by the Swans keeping Beveridge’s side in the game in the first half as they struggled to adjust to the wet conditions.
“Many of our players who played tonight were just nowhere near what their capacity and their capability is,” Beveridge said.
“You’ve always got to make adjustments regardless of whether or not you’re winning or teams are bringing their very best against you.
“We need to continue to evolve and get better.
“Tonight we looked off the pace in many areas.”