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Suns star Matt Rowell injured as West Coast win season-opening thriller

The Suns stayed focused and played determined football after Rowell’s exit, taking a seven-point lead in the opening minute of the final term but missed opportunities to extend it.

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A seesaw last quarter broke open in the final five minutes when Allen and then ruckman Nathan Vardy goaled before Jack Petruccelle kicked his side’s fourth consecutive major to seal victory.

WEST COAST 3.3 5.3 7.7 12.11 (83)
GOLD COAST 2.4 5.4 7.8 8.10 (58)

GOALS
West Coast: Allen 4, Darling 2, Kennedy 2, Cripps, Petruccelle, Ryan Vardy
Gold Coast: King 3, Holman, Miller, Sexton, Swallow, Weller

BEST
West Coast: Allen, Sheed, Kelly, Hurn, Duggan, Ryan
Gold Coast: Lukosius, Swallow, Miller, King, Markov, Bowes

INJURIES
West Coast: Nil
Gold Coast: Rowell (knee)

SUBSTITUTES
West Coast: Jones (unused)
Gold Coast: Holman (replaced Rowell)

Crowd: 38,493 at Optus Stadium

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