Murphy had 28 touches, 10 of which were contested, and 11 score involvements in a dominant display while Cripps finished with 22 touches, 14 of which were contested.
“I think other than a half against Hawthorn, we have been pretty good. We played some really good against West Coast but they played some really good footy to beat us,” Murphy said.
“[Jack] Newnes kicked that goal last week [against Fremantle] which was pretty clutch … we are playing pretty well but it’s a challenging year and anyone can come out and win.”
Teague praised the “team defence” on show and the ability to win the contested ball but poor kicking in front of goal had been an issue.
“I felt it was a real team effort. That’s who we want to be. I thought they played for their mates and they supported each other really well,” he said.
“It could be our best team performance in terms of overall evenness – we have had a couple of good ones. That’s who we want to be.”
Then came one of the more unusual apologies for the Blues had accidentally sung the team song away from host broadcaster Channel Seven’s cameras.
“We ended up singing the song, apparently, in the wrong room so I apologise to all of our fans that they didn’t get to see [that],” Teague said.
“To all our fans out there, I am sorry. Apparently we used the wrong room. I know our fans have been outstanding for us and they love singing the song with us. That’s my fault, sorry.”
Seven commentator Hamish McLachlan then added: “Love that: ‘my fault, our fault’. It’s usually Channel Seven’s fault but we actually had the cameras ready to go. They just went into the wrong room.”
Key forward Harry McKay continues to emerge as a major threat. He had eight marks, nine score involvements and booted 2.4.
A forward line also featuring Eddie Betts, Jack Newnes, Michael Gibbons and Jack Martin gave the Blues plenty of options on a night they held the Suns scoreless in the first term and to only four goals for the match.
Jacob Weitering, in All-Australian form, held Ben King goalless but Teague wouldn’t buy into questions as to whether he deserved higher honours. Sam Docherty, Liam Jones and Lachie Plowman were also constructive and resolute in defence.
“We have been in every game. Obviously, tonight was really important for us to stay in the hunt,” Jones said.
“It was a high pressure game and it was great to win.”
The Suns were held goalless in the opening quarter – the first time the Blues had done that to an opponent since round 21, 1997 in a 35-point win over Sydney.
The Suns, after an exciting start to the season, have lost five of their past six matches, a run halted only by a draw with Essendon. Coming off a four-day break in a compressed month of matches, coach Stuart Dew lamented a “really flat start”. Dew said he had been unusually “animated” at half-time in a bid to breathe life into his side.
Jon Pierik is cricket writer for The Age. He also covers AFL and has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.