Brisbane made Port Adelaide pay for an “undisciplined” start where they seemed to be more focused on manhandling Lachie Neale than kicking goals; and Mitch Robinson led the charge.
With club debutant Cam Sutcliffe given the job on Neale, the Power put physical work into the superstar midfielder, as they have to multiple players this season including Melbourne’s Max Gawn in Round 1.
But while Neale was left in pain on the Adelaide Oval surface, it wasn’t stopping the Lions, as they kicked four goals in the opening eight minutes.
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The last of those four came from a 50-metre penalty, handed to Brisbane after Neale was targeted off the ball by multiple Port Adelaide players.
“This is a disastrous start for Port Adelaide, they have been undisciplined and out of focus early,” Tyson Edwards said on AFL Nation.
Lions midfielder Robinson was then very happy to defend his teammate when Sutcliffe came off for an interchange.
He yelled at the Power recruit, running towards him and beckoned him with a “come over here” hand motion.
Sutcliffe and Neale are former teammates at Fremantle, but Ken Hinkley had said pre-game on Fox Footy he was supposed to “terrorise” the Lions gun.
Brisbane kicked the first seven goals of the game to lead by 41 points two thirds of the way through the opening quarter.