Lance Franklin leads Sydney Swans to narrow AFL win over Brisbane

Lance Franklin booted five goals as Sydney held off a gallant Brisbane Lions to win a pulsating AFL clash by three points on Sunday.

What started as a scrapfest at a rain-drenched Gabba ended up resembling a shootout, with the lowly Lions providing a scare but the Swans ultimately holding their nerve to secure the 15.7 (97) to 14.10 (94) result.

Franklin’s brilliance was the difference, with three of his goals coming in the opening term as Sydney established a 22-point quarter-time lead, and the two others at crucial junctures in the contest.