Lance Franklin gets the job done for Sydney in wet conditions against Melbourne

LANCE Franklin kicked as many goals as the entire Melbourne Demons side as the Sydney Swans bounced back from last week’s loss to the GWS Giants.

In torrential conditions at the SCG, Franklin bagged four goals as the Swans scored a comprehensive 12.14 (86) to 4.7 (31) victory.

Franklin moved to the top of the Coleman Medal standings with his 47 goals, but it was the Swans’ defence that rewrote the record books.

Their 155 tackles beat the previous mark of 142 set by Richmond in round 10, 2010.

“Those conditions contribute to the numbers,” Sydney coach John Longmire said. “It wasn’t part of our pre-match planning, but what we did want to do is play hard, contested football and in those conditions it helped to be able to put enormous pressure on the opposition.

Longmire’s men came close to the tackling mark two weeks ago when they chalked up 135 against Gold Coast in similar conditions at Metricon Stadium. They have clearly honed their skills in the wet.



“They played well. All of them and bounced back really strongly from last week. The younger players were fantastic as well, it was really good to see those younger players play a strong game in tough conditions.”

The Swans moved to second on the AFL ladder, behind Geelong only on percentages.

They will enjoy the bye next week before their round 15 clash against the Western Bulldogs at the SCG.

Franklin leads the Coleman Medal standings by a goal to West Coast’s Josh Kennedy.


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