AFL news 2022: Brisbane coach fumes at ‘big mistake’ in victory over Adelaide Crows

The Lions picked up a landslide victory over the Adelaide Crows but the second quarter started in controversial circumstances.

The Brisbane Lions picked up a landslide victory over the Adelaide Crows on Saturday night, temporarily climbing to first place in the AFL ladder.

The Lions dominated the second half at Adelaide Oval, limiting the Crows to just two goals after half-time to claim their fifth successive win.

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But the second quarter began under controversial circumstances, with Adelaide scoring a crucial goal after the foot seemingly crossed the boundary line deep in a pocket.

Crows forward Josh Rachele snagged the Sherrin towards teammate Ned McHenry, who danced around two Lions defenders before breaking the Sherrin between the big sticks.

Brisbane manager Chris Fagan fumed from the dugout as replays confirmed the ball had indeed crossed the boundary line.

“It’s clearly ruled out,” former St Kilda star Leigh Montagna told Fox Footy.

“Look at that, no whistle. The boundary arbiter was there too.

“A bit of luck there for the Crows.”

Western Bulldogs great Brad Johnson continued, “That’s a big mistake.”

Speaking on Fox Footy’s Best on the ground, five-time All-Australian Nick Reiwoldt laughed: “Big, big noise from the limits umpire. What is happening here?

“Even Chris Fagan, who wears glasses, is 150 meters away, he saw it.”

McHenry’s goal cut the deficit to just five points, with Adelaide reclaiming the lead minutes later.

But the Lions fought back in the third quarter, scoring eight straight goals to take a decisive lead in the final term.

Brisbane small forward Charlie Cameron started four majors as the Lions spoiled the Crows’ 100th AFL game at Adelaide Oval with a clinical victory of 16.6 (102) to 9.12 (66).

While Cameron tormented his former team, the Lions had plenty of weapons in their league-leading offense that ended with 10 kickers, including Zac Bailey who kicked three.

Lachie Neale also hit the scoreboard and amassed 35 possessions in another eye-catching performance.

“I thought our second half was fantastic…we had much better control of the ball,” Fagan told reporters at the post-match press conference.

“I think we’re better at it now because we’re a more mature group and they understand what’s going on in the game and can fix it.

“That’s a nice sign.”

Rory Laird, Ben Keays and Jordan Dawson led the way for the Crows, with Jackson Hately enjoying his best game since leaving the Giants, while Shane McAdam scored three goals.

“I loved our first half…I thought it was one of the best games we’ve played,” said Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks.

“But it probably shows where we are right now that we haven’t been able to put it in place for four quarters.”

The Lions, who went 8-1 for the first time since 1948, next face the Hawthorn Hawks at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston on Sunday May 22, with the first rebound scheduled for 3:20 p.m. AEST.

— with Jason Phelan, NCA NewsWire

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